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…

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 Liberation Theology

This idea of Liberation Theology is making the rounds again, so let’s talk about what it is. A lot progressive Christians are getting on this cart this time around. The premise is basically that God has preferential treatment and thus a mindset towards those who are in bondage, or the downcast or the dregs of society….

Oh Lord please don’t let Us be Misunderstood

The Gospel. Getting it across well is a tenuous thing. For the first instance it is the good news of God. It is John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he sent his only Son… The idea that God even allows pardon is amazing. Furthermore not only does he allow pardon but he…

Another Angle

What we need to care about is conversion. It is conversion from unbelief not a cleaning up of a track record. I know that I used to buffet against this idea only because I heard or it may have been said in such a way that sanctification was not in mind. But in my own…

It’s a Comparison

The first will be last and the last will be first. Jesus tells the parable of a man who goes out into the morning to hire help for his fields because the harvest has come from Mathew 20. One by one they respond to the call and then later in the day the man goes…

Evangelicals (and Elections)

Huffington post has blasted Christian Evangelicals for supporting Trump and then with the other side of their mouths said not all Evangelicals are the same, you know, to hold out hope. But I have to ask if Trump does win, does that yet again mean that all Evangelicals are back to being bad guys? I guess…

A Rock of Offense

If we are going to get involved in local missions work then we should understand something about our message. The gospel is offensive. It either joyfully invites or spitefully reminds us of who we are. Our society is creating and pandering to offense everywhere, so generating more offense is an apt topic. How do we speak…

Wake Up

I was recently reading a book with the simple reminder. We are in a mission field. To the degree that you either understand this or reject this you will have a better understanding of what is going on in our world. America is becoming a place where Christians are despised and rejected. Jesus said this would…

A Balancing Act

In an effort to regain some balance I want to put the other foot down on my communicating about where we are in America now. I feel like we are those who Peter writes to in the dispersion. We have a two-fold mission and I do not want to communicate that while we do not…

Logistics and Stones

C.S.Lewis’ helpfully pointing out of Jesus’ own mental health. He was either a liar lunatic or Lord. In other words Jesus words either have meaning or they don’t, why? Because for his words to have meaning it meant that he believed, he reinforced the notion of truth and right and wrong. This of course works…