A common Thing

If something can be reduced to a mere common thing it can be ignored altogether. This is what has happened to the Bible this is happening with marriage and this is happening with God. This will continue to happen to the church. In order that the sacred can once again be trampled under foot by…

Apocalypolis

City of Destruction. We think of Apocalypse as of the end of the world. So my word would mean end of the world city or city of destruction. But what apocalypse means originally apart from our cultural influences is a revealing from the other side. It is revelation from the heavens into our dimension. We…

To Forgive or not to Forgive, that is the question?

I have spent plenty of blogs addressing the need to repent so this shouldn’t come off as me being light on such things, but there is another side of this idea. I keep seeing the notion that we as Christians are not supposed to forgive unless we see repentance first. But I don’t find that…

Pelican in her Piety

This is an image that I discovered for the first time while touring Rome a few years ago. Maybe you have seen it in stained glass? Here is a less artsy rendition: I have adopted it more or less as a theme for this blog and as a generic thumbnail filler. As I toured the…

A Man at Meal (How do you know?)

He sat in his booth looking over the menu. The selection was good. Then the waitress approached the table and placed the chips and salsa and to his delight a bean dip on the table. Complimentary is so commendable. He immediately sampled the salsa, a nice blend with a bit of spice, the cilantro coming…

As Natural as Pants

There was a funny YouTube video circling about a pastor trying to make himself more accessible to youth culture and what makes appeals to today’s world. VIDEO It was funny. There have also been blog after blog about that kind of dress coming into the church, hair color, man-buns, skinny jeans, cross dressing and what…

Signature of Heaven

I used to think that I couldn’t have a deep relationship with God until I had met certain criteria: Grow a bit more, overcome more sin, know more of my Bible, was better at prayer, you know-matured. But what was wrong was my focus, I was looking in all the wrong places. If I could…

But the New Testament is Communist

The argument is basically capitalism is evil because it ends up exploiting those at the bottom but communism aims to support those at the bottom. I say this as I have heard and probably many of you have heard the appeal against capitalism in preference for communism because that is how the early church operated….

Read Your Bible

Hebrews begins with telling us that in the past God spoke to us back then many times and in many ways. In the last these days however, as with the now, he has spoken to us in the Son. We hear the voice of Jesus speaking through the written Word of God. I say it this…

Grace and Law

My title is a bit misleading. This debate is really sad because this is not really the issue. The church seems to be at odds similarly as conservatives and liberals fight. One side wants to emphasize grace and the other seemingly want to emphasize faith or obedience in a world that wants none. Nobody is…

Faith vs. Faithfulness

These two are different and they pose vastly different points of theology. For one is the very notion of what it takes to enter and last in a relationship with God and the other is a description of one who is reliable, dependable, and consistent. In some theological circles some have adopted the idea of…

Suffering Violence

As we see violence increasing around us and people being beaten for opposing viewpoints, it is good to know that Jesus prepared us in saying that the Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matt 11:12) When I first heard this as a kid I foolishly thought it meant something about how we…