WWJE? Eschatology and Food

If you're one of those "it's all going to burn up anyway" Christians,  there's a good chance you'll be eating a big slab of meat tonight, cooked over a fire, complemented by a pesticide laced salad, enhanced by an Italian Red,  and washed down with coffee that was utterly affordable thanks to the rainforest that was cleared to increase the crop size.  If I thought it was all going to burn up, especially in the near term (as I've been told it will, any day now, for the past 35 years), I'd join yo … [Read more...]

Rule of Life: Sustaining your faith for the distance

There's a new category tag on this blog and it's called "Rule of Life".  Each posting I offer that will help equip people for developing the disciplines to sustain and enliven their faith will be tagged "rule of life".  For those interested the the "why" of rule of life, I'll suggest listening to the teaching from my church on February 21st, 2010.I'll open this category with two things:1. Resource - for a quick overview of what a rule of life is, and it's significance, I'll refer you to this … [Read more...]

breaking the stress barrier…

This past Sunday I preached on 'glorying in our tribulations'.  Starting on Monday, it's been lab work on the same subject.  The convergence zone of too many obligations, with some fresh new challenges tossed in, and obligations 'out' every night, conspired with some weighty and important decisions that need to be made.  Toss in a shortage of sleep (from too much too do, too much thinking, and not enough exercise), and the whole mixture becomes a sort of toxic 'stress soup'.  Do you know of it?   … [Read more...]

The need for Lament…

Survey the landscape of American Christianity on any given Sunday and you'll find plenty of evidence that God is on the throne, we're walking in victory, and Satan's utterly crushed.  There are lots of praise choruses about our victory and God's goodness, along with clapping and shouting "praise the Lord".   It's the winning team for certain, at least if noise and bravado is any indicator.Unfortunately, it's not.  Have you seen the movies from the Youth Rallies during the reign of the Reich?  T … [Read more...]

The Dilemma of Pluralism

This morning's BBC report discloses that the French government has refused to grant citizenship to man because he is forcing his wife to wear the 'full veil'.  Because she is not free to 'come and go with her face uncovered', this man's values place him a category of person to whom the French government denies citizenship.  It is recommended by the French government that anyone showing signs of "radical religious practice" be refused citizenship.I'm interested in your thoughts on this subject s … [Read more...]

The Great Divorce: read it, see it, live it.

Taproot Theater is presently offering a marvelous production of CS Lewis' classic book, "The Great Divorce" on their mainstage.   After watching a play or movie derived from a book, I usually come away with a heavy preference for the book; things are left out; the visuals are other than what I'd imagined.  I go back to reading.  In this case the opposite proved to be true.  Taproot's production is so brilliantly crafted and executed, that I left with a more profound appreciation for the book rat … [Read more...]


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