A Christmas Play Gone Awry (or maybe not)

When we turn away from a world in need, from the cries of creation for mending and healing, from our brothers and sisters who are lonely, oppressed, wounded, and lost, we turn away from Christ. [Read more...]

Last night our President sounded like Jesus

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“And pray also for the Pharisees and the Herodians, the Tea Partiers and the conservative establishment, whose unjustified hatred for our President has blinded them to what is good not just for our country, but for humanity.” [Read more...]

Chiseling away: Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser’s “Splitting an Order”


Kooser’s careful observations of objects, animals, people and places reveal the beauty that exists everywhere around us. [Read more...]

Being and Becoming Children of God

I grew up with a theology that said all children are children of God—that is, until they reach the age of accountability. I was also indoctrinated into a belief in total depravity: that we are all born sinners and inherit a sinful nature. Somehow we had to harmonize these two positions, and the way we [Read More...]

Mary Curran Hackett’s novel provides “Proof of Angels”


Despite its title, Mary Curran Hacket’s just released book doesn’t offer empirical evidence for the existence of supernatural beings from Heaven. Instead, her novel, Proof of Angels (William Morrow, $14.99), tells a feel-good tale of redemption and personal growth that touches on important social and spiritual issues. Proof of Angels tells the story of Sean [Read More...]

What the hell is Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler fired up about now?


This is not just dripping with irony. It’s gushing with it. [Read more...]

Atheist and Christian argue about hell. Guess who wins?

Man with a Note and a Single Word Logic

(While sitting at Starbucks yesterday I overheard the following conversation between two men I’ll call Christian and Tom. Christian was trying to evangelize to Tom.) Tom: But what you’re saying simply doesn’t make any sense. Christian: What doesn’t? Tom: That if I don’t believe in the reality of the same God that you just told [Read More...]

Reading the Bible like a cowboy riding an ostrich into the sunset


The just released book “Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels,” edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, lands a sockdolager to the notion that modern Christians can’t have a robust, meaningful and honest engagement with the Bible. [Read more...]