Regret and Re-Formation


I've been blogging for almost ten years, and I've shared pieces of my own good, bad (and occasionally excruciating) experiences with the church. I've wrestled with God over these experiences, and continue to journey on with him with a limp. One of the most gratifying things about writing online is I hear from fellow wrestlers. Some continue to gimp with Jesus as I do. Others have chosen to run in the opposite direction. I recently heard from someone who fled the fundamentalism of his childhood. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Reformation


Martin Luther had some serious chutzpah.Though his well-documented anti-Semitism sowed some noxious weed-seed in both his theology and throughout the Protestant church culture that emerged from the Reformation, I've always admired the stories of Luther's battles with unhealthy church culture. Luther was a monk, a Catholic church insider. He had every reason to support the status quo of the church at the time, which had grown into a bloated, powerful bureaucracy designed to benefit people in … [Read more...]

I Didn’t Think I Had A Book In Me, But I Did


Ten years ago, I imagined I had maybe 75% of a book in me. I'd written a few plays, lots of articles, and some curriculum. But a book was an entirely different animal, and I honestly didn't think I was quite ready to tackle 50,000 words on a specific theme at that point in my life.We'd relocated back "home" to the Chicago area in 2004 after nearly a decade living in Wisconsin. I'd taken a part-time job at a seminary bookstore and was using the rest of my work time doing what free-lance … [Read more...]

Socialization and Peer Pressure Among Home School Families

Thoughtful interviewer Martha Manikas-Foster posted the interviews she did with author and Liberty University professor Dr. Karen Swallow Prior and me about homeschooling pressures and pitfalls. A short version aired on Family Life Radio's "Inside Out" today. Click here for links to both interviews.Because a few listeners may find their way here, I'm reposting a piece I wrote about the subject for Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog. Though most home school parents have to answer the … [Read more...]

Fear Of Missing Out Isn’t Just A Season

We humans have always been prone to wonder: What if I’m left behind? What if I’m forgotten? What if I blew my only chance at success? Why is everyone else having such a great life? Now we have an easy descriptor for this below-the-surface panic that shapes our behavior, thoughts, and prayers. It’s Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO. Now in my 50s, I’m more inclined than in earlier years to experience the rear-view-mirror corollary, which I’ve dubbed Fear Of Having Missed Out (FOMHO). We learn FOMO/FO … [Read more...]

Old Testament Foundations And Hebrew Roots


I wish more Christians would take an interest in learning the Jewish foundations of their faith. Too many of my Christian brothers and sisters wave off the Old Testament except for a few stories from Genesis and Exodus, the book of Psalms, and, recently among some streams in the church, some out-of-context texts about blood moons. The default setting for many believers is "Now that Jesus came, we don't need to worry about the Law anymore." For some, "the Law" translates to "Pretty much the … [Read more...]

Saturday Night Fever, SCTV, Three Mile Island `n Us


Last Sunday afternoon, a friend invited Bill and I to go with her to see Jamaica, Farewell, a play about a woman's tragi-comic attempts to come to America from Jamaica. The backdrop of the play was the political unrest that took place in Jamaica after the 1980 election of socialist leader Edward Seaga. I was a newlywed during this time period, and as I watched the play, I wracked my brain trying to recall news stories about the the violence taking place in the country. I drew a blank.When I … [Read more...]