U2 and the Unfashionable Cross

It seems like everyone I know has been to, or is going to, hear u2 live in October.  They're out on the west coast, doing a tour and so Christians between 20 and 40 are making the pilgrimage.  Before I continue, I'll offer the caveat that I love u2.  I just returned from running stairs and Bono was my companion because, after the 10th set of sprints it's true:  I still haven't found what I'm looking for. Their music, lyrics, and leverging of fame for social good are all inspiring and exemplery. … [Read more...]

Lessons from Europe…

This November/December I'll once again be spending some time in Germany and Austria, teaching at two different Bible Colleges.  During the trip this year, though, I hope to catalog some of the sites and history over there that have shaped my theology.  If you've read my blog for a little while, you know that some of my favorite inspirational martyrs are the young students who comprised the "White Rose" Fellowship in Germany.  I'm also a huge fan of Carl Muth, their mentor, a Catholic Priest who w … [Read more...]

Marriage: Away it goes

It's an amazing time in history. On the one hand, we're seeing movement on the part of same-sex couples to have the right to marry, while on the other hand, we see the heterosexual world increasingly treating "marriage" with callous disregard. It's this latter point that stood out to me while watching "Away We Go" recently. In case you've not seen it, I'll shamelessly cut and post the synopsis from here:Mid-thirtysomethings Burt Farlander and Verona De Tessant are a loving couple. Burt has … [Read more...]

The Bible as an Idol

In Exodus 20, the very first of God's ten commandments is His declaration that we must "have no other gods", and right on the heels of that, we're warned against "graven images", which is a warning against fabricating gods out from our own creativity as representations of the true God.  God warns against this, of course, because He knows that our attempts to represent God will always, mis-represent Him, as we can do none other than make God in our own image.   If you'd like an example of this ' … [Read more...]

Are we there yet? Sojourners and Shalom

How do you find music you like? Here's one way it happens for me...I purchased a compilation CD recently because I'd heard one song on it, on the radio, that I wanted to savor, and because the proceeds from the CD go to preserving the forests of our beautiful Cascade mountains. Neither reason would have been good enough alone, but together, I caved and bought the CD.Though I bought it because of this, I loved both the lyrics and music of Ingrid Michaeleson in this song, so I visited her … [Read more...]

This is what I’m talking about…

"God has placed eternity in the hearts of men..."  is one of those mysterious verses in the Bible that is best explained through illustration, by pointing at something and saying, "that's what it means".  Now that Obama's been awarded a the Nobel Peace Prize before actually doing much of anything substantive to contribute to world peace, I think we have an example of Ecclesiastes 3:11.Don't go all "Rush" on me, and scream about liberal conspiracies.  Your tirade will cause you to miss so … [Read more...]


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