Help! I Need Somebody!

It's not a word I like to use often. Maybe you're different. It seems some people are.  They use it all the time. The dreaded word? Help. Or better yet -- Help! I need somebody! The last few weeks brought me to a place where just about all I could do was cry, "Help!" I thought about crying, "Uncle!" then went with help as the more Biblical approach. One reason I had gone dark for two weeks here at Patheos was that I experienced a back injury that took me off my feet and out of action … [Read more...]

The FaithWalker’s Daily — Dec. 18: Tarantino on Overeacting to Shootings, Fiscal Cliff Magic, McDonalds to Open Christmas Day

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world.   Tarantino Claims West too Sensitive about Public Shootings The Basics -- Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, know for his ultra-violent films such as Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds claims we overreact as a culture to public shootings. Meanwhile Fox cancels Christmas specials that feature school children and Discovery … [Read more...]

The Christmas Message

I sat on a hillside one chilly night, out in the country where the darkness blankets the earth like a woolen comforter. Away from the city. No noise. No bustle. No blue-light specials or Black Friday deals. Just silence. Darkness. And stars. Lots of stars. And as I shivered in the dewy grass that eve, I imagined what that night must have been like, that night when that shepherd became the first to visit the newborn Jesus. Oh, I know, there was more than one shepherd on that Nazareth … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Dec. 17: Media Botches Newtown Tragedy, Egypt Falls to Radical Islam, Clinton Dodges Benghazi Testimony

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Outrageous Media Coverage of Newtown Tragedy Provokes Call for Gun Control The Basics -- The national media botched much of the coverage of the horrible tragedy in Newtown in their rush to get ratings.  Their continued practice of publicizing the shooter's face and info, trampling on the victim's families, and framing the … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 30: GOP Laughs at Obama’s Proposal, UN Rewards Palestine Bully, Charitable Giving Down

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Republicans Laugh at Obama's Absurd Financial Cliff Proposal The Basics -- Republican leaders claim they laughed when Treasury Secretary Geithner delivered the Obama proposal to them yesterday, essentially the same one Obama had offered two weeks ago, heavy on tax increases, but very vague on spending cuts. Dig … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage Battle: The Consequences of Surrender

Tim Dalrymple offered an intriguing question for discussion at Patheos this week. It's timely, relevant, and, to some, quite disturbing. He asked: Is it time now, or might there come a time soon, when evangelicals should decide that the cost of carrying on the battle against same-sex marriage is simply too high? On the one hand, I tend to side most easily with Owen Strachan's responsive call  here at Patheos (thoughtlife) to get back to our posts amid the disarray of a cultural skirmish … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 29: Another Trayvon Martin Shooting? Morsi Claims God’s Support, Beck’s “Obama in Pee Pee”

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world.   Black Man Shot after Punching Store Clerk, Triggers Protests The Basics -- A 21-year-old black man, Alexander Halloway, was shot in the abdomen by a lighter-skinned convenience store clerk at 3:30 AM in Houston after arguing with and then puching the clerk in the face. The clerk has not been charged or arrested as … [Read more...]

If You’re Angus T. Jones, Do You Quit 2.5 Men “Filth” — and $300K?

By now you've heard about Angus T. Jones' comments about the "filth" on his show Two and a Half Men. Angus is the ten-year child star of the hit show on CBS. For those who want a summary, click here to read my FaithWalkers Daily to dig deeper. Bottom line, Angus T. Jones is a young Christian who has come to believe the show that butters his bread is filthy. I know that's not news to anyone who has watched the show before. It's funny at times. Very funny. But it's also crude and, yes, … [Read more...]

Self Esteem Test: How Would You Describe Yourself in Just One Word?

Annoying. My six-year-old son recently began describing himself with that one word -- annoying. He took some pride in it, in fact. Maybe it was because he'd been watching Dennis the Menace a few times too many. He does resemble Dennis a bit, come to think of it. More likely it had more to do with his siblings labeling him as just that on far too many occasions. You'll be happy to know he has now switched to another, more fitting word -- handsome. Take a simple self esteem test. How would … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 28: 2.5 Men Star Speaks Truth, Naked Natives Make History, Savior Obama

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Two-and-a-Half Men Star Tries to Speak the Truth in Love The Basics -- Angus T. Jones, te- year child star of the CBS hit show Two-and-a-Half-Men and professing Christ-follower, called the show "filth"and urged viewers not to watch. He then released a statement clarifiying his gratitude for the opportunity he has been afforded … [Read more...]