Sex, Shame, and the Gospel… resources for conversation

We Christians, especially in America, are terrible at having healthy conversations about sexuality and sexual ethics.  The landscape of these conversations are ripe with charges, counter-charges, fear, and sweeping judgements, so much so that when I write about sexuality, I need to read all the comments carefully so as to remove the hateful words that inevitably show up, offered in the name of "staying true to the faith" or "holiness" or some other such nonsense, in much the same way that the … [Read more...]

If you give a moose a muffin… and other kinds of repentance

The best children's book series, in my opinion, is the "If you give..." series.  I like it because it speaks to the realities of cause and affect, and the importance of what Peter would call the "day of visitation", but does so in a way that children and even adults can understand.  Each book begins with someone giving an animal something edible, and then this simple act leads to another act, and another act, and another act, until the day is filled with nothing that was originally anticipated.  … [Read more...]

Loving People, Losing Life – The Gospel made Real

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone.  But if it dies, it bears much fruit. Jesus the ChristJeremiah Small was a student who attended the Torchbearer Bible Schools, the family of schools where I am privileged to teach on a regular basis.  Jeremiah was teaching in Iraq until last week, when he was killed by one of his students, before turning the gun on himself.  An e-mail I received from one of his friends remembers Jeremiah this way:  He did much more tha … [Read more...]

Simpilicity- a heart’s cry during Advent

My conversations with students this week here in Austria have revealed that one of the great needs of our time is a recovery of simplicity as a central value. Young people, blessed with health, wealth, and education, are sometimes paralyzed by the near infinity of choices available to them.  They stand, not at a crossroad, or even at an intersection, but at the base of an entire mountain range, with the need to choose a next step.  This abundance of choice is a mixed blessing, because there's l … [Read more...]

Advent – It’s about the Gap, and paying attention

For we who follow Christ, the season of Advent is about looking squarely into the thick of our lives and our world, paying attention, and seeing what's really there.  Like good artists, we need to pay attention to the details, because its in the details that we see the distance between what's actually there, and what we know, deep in our hearts, could be there if all was well. In our image saturated world, we don't pay enough attention.  Our eye catches an image of this or that, but because it f … [Read more...]

Gratitude: The ‘on ramp’ to a better story & better world

onramp

God knows there are plenty of problems and challenges, both around us in our own homes.  It's easy focus there, fighting our battles, or looking on in despair, anger, or cynicism as others, who are supposed to be fighting battles for us, don't.  The super committee isn't so super after all.  A nuclear Iran and a sluggish economy threaten;  An Arab spring appears to be settling in for a long Arab winter of discontent; A Euro whose future is uncertain creates anxiety.  And all the while, back in ou … [Read more...]

What Time is it Lord?

(this is part of a larger article, to which I made a contribution, in Relevant Magazine.  You can read the contributions from some friends of mine, here)  As the 10th anniversary approaches, I'm saddened by the debates about how to remember 9-11, and pray that we'll use this marker to simply align our priorities with God's priorities of justice, mercy, and intimacy. Here's my offering of remembrance, with a prayer offered at the end that isn't in the original article:Sept. 11, 2001, was our s … [Read more...]

What time is it, Lord?

(This is part of a larger article, to which I made a contribution, in Relevant.  You can read the contributions from some friends of mine, here)  As the 10th anniversary approaches, I'm saddened by the debates about how to remember 9-11, and pray that we'll use this marker to simply align our priorities with God's priorities of justice, mercy, and intimacy. Here's my offering of remembrance, with a prayer offered at the end that isn't in the original article.)Sept. 11, 2001, was our scheduled a … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X