Drawing warmth out of the cold

Blessed Solstice, everyone. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

A ‘caustic and vitriolic’ culture

“MLK parade bomber sentenced to 32 years in prison” reports Nikolas K. Geranios of the Associated Press: SPOKANE, Wash. — A federal judge was not swayed by the last-ditch attempt from an Army veteran with extensive ties to white supremacists to change his guilty plea in a plot to bomb a Martin Luther King Jr. [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Church and state and a problem with paperwork

J.R. Daniel Kirk reminds me of a story. It’s a story I’ve told here before, years ago, but let me tell it again, briefly. It’s about my first marriage, which ended unhappily but began happily enough. This is a story from that happy beginning. It was 1991 and my then-fiancée did not have a birth [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Links for a fuzzy Tuesday

There may be a pattern here, but if there is, I don’t see it. My first-hand experience with mega-churches is pretty slim, so I’ve never seen a Singing Tree Christmas Spectacular. Wow. I’m watching this video — — and as the singer in the angel costume is being lifted up above the choir on a [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

You have heard it said

Just a small bit more here on that passage in Romans I’ve been referring to as Paul’s mini-Sermon on the Mount. I call it that because it closely follows many of the things that Jesus taught in that sermon in the Gospels. Paul wasn’t quoting the Gospels — he was writing years, maybe even decades [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

‘Let no one despise’

In the first epistle to Timothy, the author includes this challenge and encouragement: Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. It’s interesting there that the writer assumes that this will be advice that Timothy will need — that some will, [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Pearly Gates, etc.

The rule of three suggests that there ought to be a joke. It all but requires that there be a joke. “So Christopher Hitchens, Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il are standing at the Pearly Gates. And St. Peter says …” I’m afraid I can’t figure out how the rest of it goes. Part of [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Words, words, words

Three sharp observations about words and language — Richard Beck quotes Scot McKnight: Evangelicalism is known for at least two words: gospel and (personal) salvation. Behind the word gospel is the Greek word euangelion and evangel, from which words we get evangelicalism and evangelism. Now to our second word. Behind salvation is the Greek word [Read More…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

CLOSE | X

HIDE | X