A people of the Book

The Old Testament books of Chronicles and Kings record the exploits of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Their bravery in battle, their cunning at politics, their fall into idolatry, and their occasional reform. Sometimes the King was good, and he led the people in obedience. But often the King was evil, and he led…

Beauty without Beholding

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is a known adage. Anyone can interpret and boast a piece of art. We understand this and largely accept it in society. Yet, sadly this is also why anyone can be an artist and claim their installation actually is art. I have heard many speakers discussing this…

Accuser of The Brethren

The word Satanna in Hebrew literally means the accuser, and does it not seem suspicious while the church of satan is coming more out of the closet, that the growing word on the street is condemnation? They may act innocent but undermining the truth, they continue to spew their bile. This helps contextualize why Bible…

Practice your faith

Just as good Doctors will readily admit, what is really happening when you visit them is they are practicing medicine. As Lawyers are practicing law, Christians are to practice their faith. I wonder if the problem with American Christians and the rise of so many ex-Christians and “nones” is that Christianity has been packaged as…

Philemon the Racist

I write the title this way because forgiveness is currently anathema in our country. The way America handles offense now is if you were found guilty in the past, then you are forever condemned. Yet, I would rather let God be true and every man a liar. Accusation and unforgiveness are epidemics sweeping many countries…

Lamb, not Revolutionary

Peace would be a fine thing to have return to our streets. A peaceful protest is one thing, and Christians should agree and seek out true justice, but a violent push for destruction is something else completely, and we must learn to discern the difference. We would love to just get along, yet the fires…

Hold On

There are many things to hold onto. A warm burrito, the steering wheel, your best girl, a paycheck, and hopefully your resolve in the face of danger when you want to quit. But what about other people, how long should we hold on to other people when they do not want to kept? We are…

Is it Well?

For many Christians, we wonder what God is doing. It is difficult when looking around to truly feel safe and secure in what is coming next. It is far easier to not even think about it. We know, God in some nebulous fashion, will do something, but what that could possibly be is so far…

An urge of compassion

We probably all need a break from all the bad news, maybe we ought to take one? With having gone camping and now embarking on a much-needed vacation, I remember a conversation a while back, which was really a passing comment that turned into a theological discussion. A man had commented on how God loved…

Why destroy History?

Many people look out at the toppled statues and ask why? Many others understand in part, at least for some confederates, but what about the founding fathers, what’s that about? The challenge of destroying statues and changing American history appears to be about making America out to be as racist as possible, as the 1619…