But the New Testament is Communist

The argument is basically capitalism is evil because it ends up exploiting those at the bottom but communism aims to support those at the bottom. I say this as I have heard and probably many of you have heard the appeal against capitalism in preference for communism because that is how the early church operated….

Read Your Bible

Hebrews begins with telling us that in the past God spoke to us back then many times and in many ways. In the last these days however, as with the now, he has spoken to us in the Son. We hear the voice of Jesus speaking through the written Word of God. I say it this…

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…

Faith vs. Faithfulness

These two are different and they pose vastly different points of theology. For one is the very notion of what it takes to enter and last in a relationship with God and the other is a description of one who is reliable, dependable, and consistent. In some theological circles some have adopted the idea of…

Suffering Violence

As we see violence increasing around us and people being beaten for opposing viewpoints, it is good to know that Jesus prepared us in saying that the Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matt 11:12) When I first heard this as a kid I foolishly thought it meant something about how we…

A man meets a Ghost (a short story)

The funeral had been grand. The ceremony had been beautiful. The eulogy from the Pastor wonderful. The conversation had been interesting. Three weeks had passed since the inheritance had been distributed and the estate fell to him, no money, no artifacts, just the house. The man was getting on in years himself and he had…

A Bully?

This is something to interact with because as a Christian this is something that we would never consider or possibly conceive of. God being a bully. We see the offer of rescue versus an eternity in hell as simply that, a rescue. As our hearts are soft to the possibility of God however we recognize that…

Religious Freedom & Legislating Morality

In a recent post by Douglas Wilson he commented about the reasons why Christians take the stances they do: So our reasoning should go like this. You don’t get have four wives because Jesus rose from the dead. You don’t get to marry someone of your own sex because when Christ took His bride He established…

Feinting with Damnable Praise

As a worship leader for many years I tend to bang around this question from time to time. As I have stood and as I led I have seen what is going on. Some are engaging, but some are not. Their faces tell of their boredom, their faces tell of their disinterest. Their faces are telling, that…

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…