The Church Must Change or Die!

Like a sharknado, the death of the Church is impossible, but creates buzz. Left-of-center Evangelicals are now warning that if the Evangelical church does not change younger adults will leave. This is what left-of-center Evangelicals warned my entire life, but this time they really mean it. Apparently Evangelicals are in the grip of whatever it [Read More...]

Not the Vladimir Russia Needs

Saint Vladimir the Great helped create Christian Russia. Given the standards of the time, he was an effective and just ruler. The same cannot be said for Vladimir Putin. Saint Vladimir brought the Kievan Rus into the Byzantine commonwealth by his conversion to Orthodoxy giving the Rus nation access to a broader cultural world. No [Read More...]

The Bible is the Iliad!

Did Jesus rise from the dead? The Gospels say He did, but lately I have bumped into more than one skeptic who claims that I should classify “the Bible” as “legendary.” Generally, he (and it almost always a he) will cite a book like theĀ IliadĀ as an example of legendary material. “We know ancients produced legendary [Read More...]

Follow Your Arrow

Kacey Musgraves has a pleasant, albeit tinny, voice. Her song “Follow Your Arrow” was a gift to me from Starbucks, so I should have a kind word or two for her as the recipient of corporate largesse generous enough to share it with me. Starbucks usually sends me songs that are either old classics or [Read More...]

Steal My Dreams, Please

If a boy dreams of being placekicker for the Packers, then he is a boy. If a man dreams of kicking for the Packers at fifty, then he is delusional. Talk to enough college students and one thing they fear is someone “stealing their dreams,” but in many cases they do not have dreams they [Read More...]

I love you, now change.

Being married twenty-seven years is better than being married one year and one reason is that I have changed. If the t-shirt slogan: “I love you, you are perfect, now change.” is funny, it is only because the second premise of the argument (“you are perfect”), contradicts the conclusion. Nobody, ever, should marry a person [Read More...]

Thoughts on Science and Faith (Part III)

This is the last part in an informal series on “faith” and what Christians mean by it when talking about science. Part I and Part II set up the topic. In this final part, I think about living a rational life and what it means for a Christian. What is it to be rational? The [Read More...]

Thoughts on Faith and Science (Part II)

I posted some informal thoughts on faith in Part I. In Part II, I examine miracles and Christianity and the relative importance of each to the Faith. Miracles and Central versus Less Central Claims Obviously, the most important facts about Christianity that might be subject to scientific investigation are centered in the life and ministry [Read More...]

Thoughts on Faith and Science (Part I)

If theism is true, then we might see God.1 No greater good can be imagined than seeing the Good. If we needed a motive to examine theism, no better exists. Christianity demonstrates that the Good became a human being in the person of Jesus and loves humankind enough to save us from ourselves. If we [Read More...]

The American Moral Minority

Shock about being in a minority on sexual morality shocks me. Christians in America have been a moral minority on sexual issue before iPods existed. An advantage of being old is that you get used to change: welcome and unwelcome. I have seen moral improvement on some issues and a growing decadence in others. In [Read More...]


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