grief, love, and hope

Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching Wandavision on Disney+. It's quirky and weird and mostly good. Without getting into the specific details of the show, there was one particular line in the last episode that has resonated deeply with many people. What is grief if not love persevering? Coming from Paul Bettany, … Continue reading grief, love, and hope

deconstructing the god of sexual identity

What follows is the manuscript of a sermon delivered in Ozark Christian College's chapel on 2/25/2021. I feel some conflict this morning. It is a strange thing to be asked to preach about a god you no longer believe in. I’m not sure I ever actually believed in this god. There was a time I … Continue reading deconstructing the god of sexual identity

festivals of atonement

In G.K. Chesterton's poem The Ballad of the White Horse he describes the scene when Viking hordes invaded and nearly conquered England. Our towns were shaken of tall kings with scarlet beards like blood:The world turned empty where they trod,They took the kindly cross of God and cut it up for wood. The Vikings didn't … Continue reading festivals of atonement

aliens attack the capitol

On New Year's Eve I was at a small party with good friends. We were playing games, talking, laughing, eating all kinds of unhealthy foods. As it got close to midnight, someone said that we should turn on the TV. It's weird isn't it? The television has been granted the authority to tell us when … Continue reading aliens attack the capitol

choosing truth

In his book iGods, Craig Detweiler gives this shocking statistic: “From the beginning of time until 2003 we generated 5 billion gigabytes of data (5 exabytes)—all the books and news and movies and information in history. We now generate five exabytes of data every ten minutes.” We have been living through a Cambrian explosion of … Continue reading choosing truth

when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

Is it possible to be too sexy for ministry? Did I get your attention? I've got to confess. I never heard the name Carl Lentz before this past week. I guess I'm just not up-to-speed with evangelical celebrity. If you want, or need, and update, you can read this short Vanity Fair article. (The irony … Continue reading when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism

In my third post reflecting on Critical Race Theory: An Introduction I take a look at the second chapter of the book, "Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes." In the chapter, the authors summarize four important themes of CRT: Interest convergence, material determinism, and racial realism - Critical race theorists fall into two different camps. Idealists … Continue reading critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism

horses and chariots

When Paul stood before his audience in Athens, he knew exactly what word would trigger them. The Greeks had a long and proud history distinguished by learning, enlightenment, and wisdom. In other words, they were smart. So when Paul promises to correct their ignorance in Acts 17:23, he was guaranteed to get their attention. If … Continue reading horses and chariots

our digital ziggurat

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. Honestly, the question did not originate with me. I first heard the question asked by Thomas Friedman years ago in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree, but recent events have thrust it back into my mind. Are we creating a second Babel? Friedman's point … Continue reading our digital ziggurat