A Different Gospel

Several times in the past, I’ve talked about how the Gospel is counter-intuitive  for middle-class, American Christians. Truthfully, there’s not much in there that sounds good for us. You know, like that whole “Last shall be first, first shall be last” thing? And, the Magnificat is a straight-up indictment of people who live well while others starve. Now, by […]

Was Jesus Real?

There’s a new book out, titled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Amazon describes it as “a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.” As I read that description, I was reminded of an article on CNN about atheists. As usual, they got […]

Good News Indeed

When people hear the name Leo Tolstoy, they almost always think of his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But, Tolstoy wasn’t just a novelist; he was a theologian, too. His interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount led him to Christian Anarchy and pacifism and his writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Gandhi and MLK. Unfortunately, in a big picture […]

Fair?

“Who says life is fair?” That’s a question I heard multiple times growing up; usually preceded by me stomping my foot and whining, “That’s not fair!” I heard it from my mother, my teachers and just about anyone who happened to be in the vicinity when I threw my little fit. I continue to hear […]

Rethinking Grace

This morning, I read an excerpt of Phillip Yancey’s book “Church: Why Bother” where he told a story about going to an AA meeting with a friend. The man told Yancey he thought he would like the meeting because it was a snapshot of what the early church must have looked like. The man also […]

Um, Really?

Unless you live under a rock, you know the Boy Scouts of America recently allowed gay kids to be in their club. Or, as Jesse Berney said in The Guardian, “There have always been gay children in the Boy Scouts. What changed yesterday is that they won’t kick you out if you tell people you’re […]

Is Social Justice a Codeword?

One the neat things about finding a new voice and reaching out to a new audience is that when you’re struggling for a topic, you can get in your WABAC (pronounced “way-back”) Machine and revisit previous posts. Today, as the title indicates, we’re going to talk about social justice. It’s been almost two years ago […]