simply, Christian

the cross as misfortune

"Suffering" is not a very popular word in the vernacular of contemporary American Christianity. Oh sure, we talk about 'suffering' and 'persecution' from time-to-time, even in our own cultural context, but can be we honest for a minute and admit that such things have really no part our American Christian experience? . . .

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July 25, 2016

how NOT to pray

an appalling prayer by Pastor Mark Burns

I did not watch yesterday’s coverage of the first day of the Republican National Convention. I will not watch today’s coverage or any coverage of this convention or the Democratic National Convention. I did read through some of the transcripts of various speeches and found very little that was original, inspiring, or confidence-building. Was . . .

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Posted in: politicsprayer

July 19, 2016

time to return to writing

it's not you, it's me

I’ve been silent on this blog for some months now. Not that I haven’t been writing, I just haven’t been writing consistently or online. The events of the past few months have driven me inward, forcing me to contemplate aspects of faith and life that have been largely ignored or little explored before now—aspects like violence, pacifism, war, . . .

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July 16, 2016

worship: tremble with me

The act of worship is an amazing thing. To be invited into communion and fellowship with the very Creator and Sustainer of the universe is mind-blowing in-and-of itself. To be invited into this sacred moment, however, as his children is even more incredible.

I admit, I often take this marvelous privilege for granted.

Pr. Graham Glover reminds . . .

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Posted in: theology

March 09, 2016

I am Barabbas

I am many unflattering things. Sinful. Unrighteous. Guilty. Rebellious. Unloving.

I am Barabbas.

For it was necessary for [Pilate] to release one to them at the feast. And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for . . .

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Posted in: theologylent

March 02, 2016

preaching that kills the soul

Yesterday, I listened to sermon that was almost a Christ-centered, grace-filled, hope-full encouragement to pray and consider the fathomless beauty that Christ our Lord intercedes on our behalf to the Father. Almost. At the end, it fell painfully short and ended up being little more than a veiled exhortation to try harder to be godly. A . . .

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Posted in: theology

February 29, 2016

American Christians, why are we so afraid?

Of what are American Christians so afraid? I ask that question intentionally because it seems that our most important political decisions are made, not out of a theologically-informed world-view but out of a world-view that is permeated by fear.

Two examples...

Refugees from the Middle East: One of the most polarizing issues facing America . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

January 13, 2016