Let’s be honest, fellow USA’ers, we just don’t like to think that much. Television, sports, shopping, alcohol, marijuana all may be well and good in moderation (even the Bible commands the Israelites to get trashed occasionally), but in regularity they’re … Continue reading Judge
We like to think of western culture as somehow enlightened, but how enlightened are a people who dehumanize those with whom they conflict? We like to think of ourselves as people of reason, but how intellectual is it to shout … Continue reading Enlightened Regression
In Summary: The deaths. The loneliness. The unraveling. The divorce. The formerly close friends who were silent. The stream of emails and texts from church folks: “you should end your life” … “disappear forever” … “your children are better off … Continue reading Something New
Those of us who grew up in church have more than likely heard a message at some point about “producing fruit,” and what the speaker thinks “producing fruit” should look like. It usually is presented as a certain system of morality or church attendance that the person feels should be applied to all those who claim Christianity (Never mind the fact that “producing fruit” simply means that you love God and love others as yourself, then act on that love). Usually the message will include a warning about how the Bible teaches that those who do not produce fruit will be “cut off” from Christ. This message is based on two verses in John 15.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
The problem is… Continue reading “Perpetual Error”
Recently, someone said to me:
“Your capacity to forgive people who have completely screwed you over blows my mind.”
It’s something I hadn’t really thought about that much. Not that I think I’ve somehow “arrived” as far as forgiveness and the receiving of forgiveness, but here are my thoughts on the topic: Continue reading “Forgiveness”
If Christianity were to ever have a motto, it should be:
“Christians: because we know we’re broken”
After all, that’s where we state salvation begins, right? The basis of Christianity is our acknowledgement of our brokenness, or lostness, that results in an acceptance of a grace that only can be offered through Christ.
Here’s where it sometimes goes wrong: Continue reading “Sorry, That’s Not Christianity”
How stupid are we? Seriously… as I was reading the news this morning, I just kept asking myself “Does anyone actually believe this stuff?” I’m not just talking about a single media outlet… they all profit through scaring or enraging … Continue reading How Stupid are We?