On over background-checking

The Judge Kavanauah matter has ended, more or less, but a further issue has floated to the top. He has now had seven FBI investigations, which apparently for some still wasn’t enough. It makes me wonder with all the backgrounds that we all possess, what qualifies and what disqualifies someone for public discourse? I say…

The polar-rising Tides

The situation with Ford and Kavanaugh is heartbreaking. This problem is really troubling because as Christians we stand with victims, absolutely, and we value due process because that very idea comes from the Word of God. As much as we stand with victims, we also need to know who they are, and who the guilty…

#Churchtoo

When I was in middle school I remember walking into a class one afternoon where a fight had just ended. I saw the circle slowly dispersing, the whisperings and only later did I hear the details. A cruel and weak-minded boy pummeled a girl and broke her nose while a circle of gockers just watched….

On Children and Borders

People have the right idea about where the justice is off kilter in this problem. When Jeff sessions told us that Christians should listen to government decisions because of Romans 13, it did rustle some feathers. But many have already rebuked the man. It is the overall continuous rebuking on all sides that interests me….

An Ode to Suffering

The truth is we all suffer. Suffering is a large part of life. As the Dread Pirate Roberts told Princess Buttercup. “Life is pain highness, anyone who says differently is selling something.” (Princess Bride 1987). I sometimes lament at how often Christian music is so victim sounding–everything is terrible, everything is wrong, I almost gave up–but…

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…

The Temple Mount and a Taco Truck

As I walked the streets of Jerusalem, and circled the grounds of the temple mount I had a thought. How hard it must be to look at the temple mount and see a precipice to another god. Another religion. Some might even say that the Dome of the Rock standing where it does mirrors the…

RAW People

No this is not about wrestling, but it is similarly about a facade. Do our churches have a facade that needs to come off, in perhaps a way that we wish our skin wouldn’t? I was sitting here thinking about church and why we have for so long had a problem with people who are…

Christ is not his last Name

Christmas has the word Christ in it, but it is not a day celebrating Jesus because it includes his last name, nor is “H” his middle name by the way. The word literally means messiah-anointed one, coming from the Greek word χριστος, or the Latin Christus it should be translated basically Jesus the Christ when…

Be Separate for I Am Separate

Continuing the theme from last week we are looking at the challenge of holiness. With the world raising up their rulers and extending their pointing fingers at all the sexual misconduct in our society it is important to tackle this issue. This used to be something that only the church did. The question is, has the message…