Rage (Yad Vashem)

When I was in Israel part of our tour was visiting Yad Vashem. We toured the holocaust museum, and the term rage seemed appropriate at first, but then it matured into sorrow for me. I pray it does for all visitors, at least hopefully it will with a little bit of perspective and wisdom. It…

A Man-talk on Table Turning

Douglas Wilson has just fired the first shot on wusses, as he sees it, calling Christian men to engage Jordan Peterson’s approach to masculinity, which is stand up with back straight and shoulders back and get your lobster pinchers ready for a fight. I actually liked what both men had to say on the subject…

Love the wife of your youth

I am convinced there is still no better love song, no sexier song than Take my Breath Away by Berlin. I know, I have a preference for the eighties. Though Unchained Melody covered by U2 is a strong contender. But the point is not to talk about music but this season of love. Love your…

Testing your Mind-field

Paul tell us to renew ours minds. This is good advice. Consider this post a follow up to Garbage in, Garbage out. The mind is a field of many thoughts both good and bad, both helpful and destructive. Paul reminds us that our minds tend to pick things up, they are sponges that collect. Our minds-eye sees…

Emotive Motives

A follow up on emotional states. Emotional intelligence seems to be on the decline theses days. Our hearts need temperance the same way out lusts do. We are told to renew our minds according to Christ. Our hearts and minds will be tempted to think their own sinful thoughts in their own sinful ways. The…

Thankful Blogservations

As I enter year four of this endeavor, I am thankful as Thanksgiving approaches. I am thankful to write and minister. I see a pattern as people want to read that which is edgy, political and polarizing. The basic Christian teachings that come to the surface every once and awhile are never as popular. It…

Chasing Commitment

Just to bring some balance to my last post. Commitment is also important. You might have seen some bemoan the Reformation celebration in that is had a separating effect as well. There is also the unfortunate result from the Reformation that gave rise, in a backward sort-of way, to our consumer Christianity. As much as preference…

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…

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…

Self-Sacrificing Love

Does compassion for the lost move you? Are we willing to go to our end for the rest of you? Have we gathered this? I know that I read these questions and I know that I fall so short. I will sacrifice for my family. I will sacrifice for those that I truly love but does sacrifice define…

The struggle with Love

I first wrote this when 50 shades of Grey came out but never got around to publishing it, but now with 50 Shades Darker darkening the horizon further of America morality I will do so now. Love is in the air, everyone is seeking it, everyone knows that it is out there to be found….

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….