Rebellion

I have gone out of my way to be provocative, mischievous, and unclear, reflecting my belief that clarity is sometimes overrated, and that shock, obscurity, playfulness, and intrigue (carefully articulated) often stimulate more thought than clarity. There is great danger in the quest to be right.Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy Yesterday I pondered the idea … Continue reading Rebellion

Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

Another weekend has passed, another Sunday, day one hundred and something since we were told to hunker down and stay out of church. Here in our neck of the woods, our church is still closed. Privately, we've gotten together with friends for some backyard worship, we've of course done things on our own in our … Continue reading Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

Significance During the Quarantine Olympics

"We all suffer from time-confusion. We also suffer from significance-confusion. We know our lives are short, yet we all find this hard to actually believe. We intrinsically know that our lives are significant, yet sinful pride causes us to want to measure our significance, not by God's gracious endowment, but by other people's admiration. We … Continue reading Significance During the Quarantine Olympics

The Pope, Laura Ingalls, and Quarantine Blues

I almost forgot it was Lent. I'm not Catholic, but I have always enjoyed this season leading up to Easter more than any other time of the year. Spring in the air, fun activities with the kids, a good Bible study focusing on the season, all leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. … Continue reading The Pope, Laura Ingalls, and Quarantine Blues

Me, Myself and My Selfie

Nothing says "Happy New Year" like a nice dose of some me-first philosophy. December was draining on us all, we sacrificed and spent and everyone is a bit tired. Come January, it's me time. New goals, lifestyle changes... the world is our proverbial oyster. In this nutty world where so much business and chaos abound, … Continue reading Me, Myself and My Selfie

Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

"In every moral question we are bound to be on Christ's side. In every religious question we are not on the side of predominant thought, nor on the side of fashionable views... but on the side of Christ." Charles Spurgeon As we all sit and consume our daily dose of media, opinions and outrage, I … Continue reading Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus

If you came of age in the late 1990's or were anywhere near an evangelical circle, then 21 year-old Joshua Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye probably made it's way onto your bookshelf. The so-called 'purity movement' was born, and with it came some pretty high expectations and both good and bad theology. I distinctly … Continue reading Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus