simply, Christian

the cross as misfortune

"Suffering" is not a very popular word in the vernacular of contemporary American Christianity. Oh sure, we talk about 'suffering' and 'persecution' from time-to-time, even in our own cultural context, but can be we honest for a minute and admit that such things have really no part our American Christian experience? . . .

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July 25, 2016

worship: tremble with me

The act of worship is an amazing thing. To be invited into communion and fellowship with the very Creator and Sustainer of the universe is mind-blowing in-and-of itself. To be invited into this sacred moment, however, as his children is even more incredible.

I admit, I often take this marvelous privilege for granted.

Pr. . . .

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Posted in: theology

March 09, 2016

I am Barabbas

I am many unflattering things. Sinful. Unrighteous. Guilty. Rebellious. Unloving.

I am Barabbas.

For it was necessary for [Pilate] to release one to them at the feast. And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in . . .

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Posted in: lenttheology

March 02, 2016

preaching that kills the soul

Yesterday, I listened to sermon that was almost a Christ-centered, grace-filled, hope-full encouragement to pray and consider the fathomless beauty that Christ our Lord intercedes on our behalf to the Father. Almost. At the end, it fell painfully short and ended up being little more than a veiled exhortation to try harder to be godly. A . . .

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Posted in: theology

February 29, 2016

American Christians, why are we so afraid?

Of what are American Christians so afraid? I ask that question intentionally because it seems that our most important political decisions are made, not out of a theologically-informed world-view but out of a world-view that is permeated by fear.

Two examples...

Refugees from the Middle East: One of the most polarizing issues . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

January 13, 2016

the children still suffer

thoughts on Holy Innocents' Day

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

December 28, 2015

"this is not a day care..."

an indictment of American Christianity's self-centeredness

Until this morning, I had never heard of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, nor could I point out Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on a map. Then I read this brilliantly-written piece from the University President, Dr. Everett Piper. What is remarkable is not Dr. Piper's prose but the very fact that he had occasion to write it. As a conservative . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

December 01, 2015