A tension…

Winding down my time in Fresno, I'm sitting, waiting for my flight.  Fresno, increasingly represents this schizophrenic division that I see in me and all of us, every time I'm here.  The place, of course, reminds me of my youth, and the marvelous times I had, especially in high school.  Life was full and good, with a solid self esteem that came from my involvement in the music world, and a few good friends with whom I'd play tennis, eat pizza, and just generally have fun.  There were ice-hockey g … [Read more...]

The Paralysis of Polarity

After spending a glorious Sunday afternoon watching the best Ice Hockey game ever (and I've seen many), I posted a tongue and cheek comment on my facebook page, indicating that Canada had both the gold medal and health care.  The comments that ensued were a reminder that Christians are as deeply divided and entrenched on this issue as everyone else.  We're red Christians and blue Christians - big government Christians, and small government Christians, and we're good at pushing each other's b … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Modernity, Post-Modernity, and the Limits of Knowing

The question on the table is this:  How can we step outside of our own context fully enough to objectively assess the faith? This is the question post-modernity brings to the table.  Rather than decrying post-modernity for critiquing the arrogant declarations of certainty that have come from people of faith down through the centuries, I'd suggest at the outset, that there are things to learn from the post-modern problem:1. They've pointed out the elephant in the room:  we don't KNOW (in the sa … [Read more...]

The quake: shaking our assumptions?

David Brooks excellent article about this week's quake in Haiti is a must read.  Whether you agree with his diagnosis or not, he shines a light on a problem that absolutely must be addressed:   There is no formulaic relationship between $$ aid and economic development/autonomy.  Haiti is the ongoing recipient of immense investments.  By some estimates, they have the highest per capita ration of NGO's (nongovernmental organizations, like World Vision) in the world.  In spite of this, Haiti has rem … [Read more...]


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