Joy With a Clenched Fist: A 4th of July Meditation

Part of what we are up against in living full and faithful Christian lives is trying to hold what often feel like opposite extremes together. This is what Christianity has been all about since the beginning. It was always the heretics that were trying to cut us slack. The Bible clearly taught that Jesus was…

A Genealogy of Hate

In the current surging flood of true tragedy, unrivaled injustice, unbridled outrage, and enthusiastic surfers of that great wave known as El Internet (which is Spanish for The Internet), it is frequently hard to tell the difference between true tragedy and CNN doing its best impression of the dogs on Pixar’s Up: Squirrel! And this…

The Duggars, Jesus, and Holiness

Frequently, sin backs us into a corner full of false dilemmas. We come to believe that there only two choices, two ways to go. Even where there may only be two choices,  we frequently still misunderstand the two choices, framing the obedient and faithful choice as an exercise in futility and therefore the only option…

Women Teaching Men Part 2

So we established in the previous post that the role of systematic theological categories is significant, but we also closed by noting that there are cultural tectonic plates at work in any discussion about the teaching role of women in the church. I said in my previous post that I suspect that any church that…

You Are This Story

What is resurrection life like? “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise…

Death By Accessory

One of the things I’ve noted elsewhere is that frequently the work of the evangelist is to awaken love. Part of the insidious destruction of human beings by sin is the corrosion of love. Sometimes belief in God and belief in Christ must begin with belief in the bare existence of goodness, beauty, and truth….

Humility is Strong. Pride is Brittle.

Pride is all about me. Pride is all about protecting myself, protecting my reputation. This means that pride is an attempt to hold myself, defend myself from every potential threat. And pride does this generally in two ways: either it blusters or in whines. And the two are frequently related. The bluster front is loud…

Joy & Disagreements

It’s striking that Paul addresses two women by name in Philippians 4 and implores them to be of the same mind, and then almost immediately commands them and all the Philippians to rejoice: rejoice always. We don’t know anything about their disagreement, but we know their names and we know that part of Paul’s immediate…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

Hope for Sexual Glory

Logos School Assembly: Life Between the Sexes Introduction There are basically only two options for facing and interpreting what it means to be human, and specifically what it means to be male and female members of the human race. Either meaning is created or discovered. If the meaning of manhood or womanhood is non-existent until…