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…

A Satisfied Mind

The late singer songwriter Johnny Cash covered the song A Satisfied Mind so did the late Jeff Buckley and  many others for that matter. It was probably because the song tells of a lasting truth. The song gets to the deeper question of where does our satisfaction lay? Solomon, arguably the wisest and probably with…

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…

The Shack

I am writing this partly as a review for the book/movie but moreso because even though it is fiction it is teaching somethings about God. Now I understand that the point of the book is to address loss and to comfort those that may need it, but in doing so it seems to me that while general…

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 that 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….

Dancing with God

I know very little about dancing except that you need rhythm and there should be a leader. I notice that our walk with God can be like a dance. Then I see that dancing with God, often I at times try to take lead and step on his toes. I feel like because I can feel…

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…

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…

On Bending Views

A bent is a not simply a viewpoint, but it is also a lens that colors the viewpoint. I remember in Seminary the professors wanted us to do extensive research because they were not interested so much in our voice but in whether we understood the information. This in a backward way did also communicate that we…