February 23, 2019

Donald Miller pulls me out of the pit: A review of “Blue Like Jazz” and “Searching for God Knows What”

I can still hear Miss Morris, my senior English teacher, saying it: "Too many "I's. Too many "me's." We were writing essays, and she was simply correcting us with one of the cardinal rules of good essay writing: the essay was … [Continue reading...]

Does the Story Matter?

The other day, we were talking about Jesus' command to "judge not," and I said this in a post about how I have learned to think about judging others.Connected to this is the humility that needs to accompany all claims of knowledge … [Continue reading...]

Praise the Lord! He paid off my credit card! Again!

Presumption. Actually, the sin of presumption. I want to write about it, but I'm afraid that either I don't know what I am talking about or I am going to make hundreds of sweet, wonderful Christian people start praying that I get … [Continue reading...]

A Theology of Everything

This is a story that happened where I work, so I need to tell you some things before we can go on. Our school has thirty minutes of chapel scheduled into every school day. It's been like that for one hundred and six years, and … [Continue reading...]

Steve Mcfarland: The Internet Monk Interview

Friends are among the greatest gifts in life. Steve Mcfarland has been my friend for 4 decades and I am a richer man for it. He's also an eloquent voice for the issue of Christians in public schools and a person who has invested … [Continue reading...]

“Lo, How a Rose:” Experiencing The Power of Beauty

It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, and my life wasn't full of the activities … [Continue reading...]

Abandoning the Public Square….again

They are at it again. Their goal is simple: to get all children in the SBC out of public schools. To impose the teaching of creationism and Dobson-version approaches to moral issues on the entire SBC. Families can't make the … [Continue reading...]

Christian Intolerance: We’ve been outed! What now?

But if we're going to follow the Bible perfectly, we're not finished yet. In the Old Testament, the punishment for homosexual acts is death. So let's round up every gay person who has acted on their innate homosexual feelings and … [Continue reading...]

Bisexual Logic and Gay Determinism: Does the rhetoric match the reality?

The release of the movie Kinsey and the continuing growth of bisexuality as a visible and publicized aspect of culture presents a very interesting dilemma for the gay rights movement. Are they sure they want us to listen to the … [Continue reading...]

Christmas For Beginners: Michael’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent (Text: John 1:1-18)

I am a preacher, and I enjoy it. I enjoy Advent and Christmas preaching most of all. Here's the first sermon in an Advent series called "Christmas for Beginners." If you use it, give me credit and Santa will take … [Continue reading...]