The Medium and the Message

Communication is hard. Christian communication if fraught. Political communication is stuck in intransigence. In college when I was studying mass communications per radio along side of theology, the ever redundant phrase the medium is the message was burned into my brain. Everywhere we turned this was in our face. In fact I am convinced all…

Deliver us from Evil

Evil is an ever-present danger. We have seen our share of terrorism, riots, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, fires and now shootings again. Natural evil and willful evil are everywhere, what is going on? Thank God there are always survivors, but what do we do now?  Let’s take the time to mourn with those who have lost…

Gnats and Camels

Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for focusing on the smaller details of the laws while ignoring much larger issues of justice and mercy and faithfulness. Jesus says that all sin is something to be concerned over which is why he says “these you should have done while not ignoring the weightier parts of the law.” (Matthew…

Speak now with the Fire

Yes, that is a Rage against the Machine quote with a change to it. With the rage seemingly not coming to end. It is time to speak now to the Christians who are getting caught up in all the self-righteous vainglory that is there for the getting. The Bible is pretty clear about this: Be…

Supremacy for all

This doesn’t need to be said. This shouldn’t need to be taught. It isn’t about more information. White supremacy is evil and from the pit of hell. It has been communicated so many times over, plus we already fought a couple wars over this. The world has previously rendered a verdict on this behavior. Racism…

A Confusion-ing

With camp having come to a close it is evident that God was speaking to all of us about our sexuality. So many questions about sex and sexuality that amazingly enough God raised up a panel of speakers to address. Kids need to understand that God did create us with a plan in mind with…

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…

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…

Jesus and the apostle Paul Ryan

You might have seen the exchange in the New York Times where the apostle Paul Ryan argues with Jesus about caring for the poor. Yeah it was cute. A caricature of Paul Ryan completely lacking perspective and empathy argues with Jesus. It is a masterpiece of a modern parable. The kind where you use Jesus to endorse…

Whose Utopia?

We have had a lot of riots again. People really seem to believe that fires and forcing of wills is a useful way to communicate. Riots at the presidential inauguration, riots at Universities to stamp our opposing viewpoints. Riots, not protests, but violence in order to force an opinion. Even many of our protests calling…

A little Boldness in the Mix

What we need is boldness. Now boldness is something that is hard to do when it is in short order. It is difficult to take a hard stance when all those other stances seem to be so shifty and accommodating all the time. We wouldn’t want to stand out, especially if there are snipers about. But…