Our Name is Forgiven

A few other thoughts have been rattling around in my head related to my previous post on sex offenders in the church. It touches on several other topics related to counseling in these kinds of difficult situations. And it has to do with the potency of naming. We know that naming is powerful because in…

Barbed-Wire Love: What to do with Sex Offenders

A number of recent posts have been circulating regarding pedophiles and sex offenders in the Church, specifically claiming that because of the extreme clinical nature of this sin/crime, known child sex offenders ought not be ever allowed to attend worship services where children are present. A few thoughts: 1. First, as a Bible believing Christian,…

CRF Big Event: Sexual Confusion- Who Are You?

Sam Allberry, author of Is God anti-gay?, will be coming to University of Idaho on Wednesday March 5th at 7:30pm.   Sam’s story of God’s goodness and deliverance in the midst of same sex attraction (SSA) is a powerful testimony greatly needed for those struggling with this temptation. Here is a short promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWmXuH8l1wI The Facebook…

Deep Fried Twinkies & Llama Riding

Here are a few more follow up thoughts to the organic/gluten-free/free-range bruhaha from a few weeks ago. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up here and here. First, one friend asks whether there is a middle ground between tyrannical legalism (everyone must eat brussel sprouts!) and complete moral apathy (food doesn’t matter, stuff your face!). Shouldn’t…

Duck Dynasty, Smuggies, and Christmas

I’ve tried manfully not to post anything on the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty shindig. Not because I don’t have my opinions or thoughts but just cause I figured I’d just listen in to all the friendly chatter from the back porch. Besides it’s all snowy and white out here. But some of you drove me to…

More on Sustainable Yoga Practices vs. Jesus

Well, since this morning’s post generated some questions, let me try to take a scatter shot approach to answering at least a few of them. First, as I noted in the post, there is a huge (like the size of the universe) range of freedom in the dominion mandate given to Adam and Eve, and…

Free Range, Gluten Free Yoga vs. Jesus

Maybe I live in a bubble. Maybe my sample is not a fair cross section of the American population. But I can’t get two steps these days without hearing the words organic, non-gmo, free range, natural, gluten-free, whatever. And every day it seems to get weirder. Add to this the workout gurus who worship their…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

How to Repent of Big Sin

Let’s say you’ve blown it really big. I’m talking about a several year porn problem with lies and cover ups. Or maybe you visited a strip club on a business trip and committed adultery. Maybe you’ve been embezzling money from your employer. Maybe you’ve been getting drunk or smoking pot or you’re addicted to prescription…

Truly Revolutionary

In recent years, there has been growing interest in an explicitly Christian economics. I’m afraid that a lot of what passes for Christian writing and sloganeering on economics is about as authentic as the pre-ripped jeans you can get down at the Buckle for a hundred bucks a pop. But hey, the cool kids might…