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
Stealer's Wheel was the quintessential one hit wonder. They formed in 1972 and broke up just a few years later in 1975. And the only reason I, or anyone knows this, is because Wikipedia exists. Their only hit was a catchy song called "Stuck in the Middle with You." The song became much more famous … Continue reading gods on the left and gods on the right
John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture
In a press conference last week announcing the closure of schools for the rest of the year, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said, "Schools should continue remote learning for their students until the end date previously set on their academic calendars." I was thinking about that this afternoon as I was helping my oldest with his … Continue reading the internet is not a panacea
John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols
To be human is to be religious. There are simply no exceptions. Maybe in a future post I'll choose to defend that statement, but for now I'm just going to let it stand. The religion of choice for much of modern civilization we might vaguely call the religion of progress. It is a system of beliefs and attendant practices (rituals and ethics) organized around the abstract principle of "progress." One of our very favorite ways that we make this principle concrete is through the creation and use of technology.