The Entertaining Pastor

American Christians prefer a formulaic theology to one of relationship. Relationships take time, they take maintenance, they take deference… and, when it comes to a relationship with God… it requires submission.

What the… Hail?!

There is a place in Lakeland, Florida, beside one of the lakes, that my children and I have always referred to as the Secret Hideout. My two sons regularly ask if we can go to the Secret Hideout for a while. We go there and throw rocks into the lake, play in the dirt, climbContinue reading “What the… Hail?!”

Are You Proud of Me, Dad?

My six year old son, William, recently decided he was going to go on a ride of which he had always been scared in the past: Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. He asked if we could watch the ride together first, and after a few minutes, he said he wanted to try it. I toldContinue reading “Are You Proud of Me, Dad?”

The Lost Sanctuary

Sanctuary: A place of refuge or safety. A holy place; a temple or church. Language reveals much about who we are as people and the values we uphold. Recently, my wife, Kacie, and I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City (and no, we are not Catholic). Setting aside the gaudiness of the statuesContinue reading “The Lost Sanctuary”

Symbols: Circumcision, Baptism, & Phylacteries

If you wanted to become an Israelite in the Old Testament times (this was before the notion of a Jewish race), there was a ceremony that was meant to set males apart and designate them as part of the Israelite community: Circumcision. Bathing, physical training, and many other practices we now think of as privateContinue reading “Symbols: Circumcision, Baptism, & Phylacteries”