If you grew up in a conservative evangelical church like I did, it is possible there is a story from the Bible that was repeatedly used to teach you about sex – the story of David and Bathsheba in 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12. While our teachers’ intentions were good, the way the story was taught has planted seeds in our minds that have … Continue reading Sex, Power, David, Bathsheba, and the Church
The following essay is a speech I gave for the CentrePointe Counseling Annual Gala. If you would rather watch an unproduced Facebook live video of the talk, click here. Introduction Imagine you are on a train. The train is going down a track. Up ahead is a dark tunnel with no light at the end. This is what life is like with no hope. You … Continue reading Four Stories of Hope
Yesterday I wrote a letter about defending gun ownership to my fellow believers in Christ. I posted the letter here on my blog and on Medium. Several people have responded. One person on Medium took the time to write a thoughtful reply. What follows is my letter back to him. You can read his letter to me by clicking here. Dear Will, Thank you … Continue reading More on Guns, Protecting Your Home, and Faith
My Dear American Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You say, the second amendment gives you a right to your guns, and that they are a necessity, that without them your freedom might be endangered. You say you need them to defend your home from potential burglars. You ask what I will do when someone breaks into my house. How will I defend myself without your … Continue reading On Guns, Rights, Freedom, and You
This post is part two in a series. To read part one, click here. If Corinth were a modern day church, and I was an outsider asked to help fix their mess, I wouldn’t approach the problem like Paul did. I would have grouped the problems into what I thought to be manageable pieces. “Let’s see. The worship service is really screwed up. And there’s … Continue reading How Paul Solves the Problem – an Overview
This article isn’t intended to be a criticism of the Passion musical that aired last night on Fox. Truth be told, I didn’t watch it. All I know is what my coworkers told me about it this morning, so I’m not going to critique it. What I am going to do is the thought experiment the musical was based on, because I think the founding … Continue reading What Would Jesus Look Like Today?
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am … Continue reading Peace in Baltimore