The Parable of Two Sons

My church building hosts not only the American congregation Crooked Creek Baptist Church (which is itself quite diverse in interesting ways), but also two other congregations, one Hispanic and one Congolese. There have been challenges related to the differing cultural assumptions of the various groups, and that has at times led to tensions. And so I thought it [Read More…]

X Marks the Arabs?

As I was thinking about the way Americans can misperceive danger elsewhere in the world compare to where they live, I was reminded of something amusing that happened the last time I was in Israel and the West Bank with students. One of the students had noticed an “X” hanging from the rear-view mirrors of cars, [Read More…]

What We Hear

David Hayward's cartoon featured above gets at a lot of important points. We frequently “mishear” even those we claim to consider authorities. It happens with Jesus' teaching as depicted in the Gospels. But even if Jesus were physically in our midst, that is no guarantee that we would not hear him confirming our biases when [Read More…]

Why Are There Millions Of These?

Someone drew this image to my attention on Facebook: It led me to ask why there are millions of Christians who are so poorly informed about basic science, that they think that evolution is about our having evolved from modern-day monkeys. Why are there millions of Christians who are happy to take an adamant stance [Read More…]

Misunderstandings across Time, Space, and Culture

I love the above explanation of the origins and customs of Christmas, offered by someone from another world and time, in one of the Doctor Who Christmas specials. It is a nice satirical way to make an important point, namely that we often misunderstand the past, and the customs of other cultures even in the [Read More…]


As often happens, a convergence around a common theme has occurred on blogs I read and on Facebook. First, there was this headline, which I initially misunderstood, science fiction fan that I am: “Doctor Who Recommended Jesus to Patient to Fight Disciplinary Proceedings with Backing of Christian Legal Centre“ Even having blogged about religion and [Read More…]