A Wheel within a Wheel There is the mindless Christianity that ignores the contradictions in the Bible and spits out their theology on a bumper sticker, “God said it. I believe it and that settles it.” On the other side are those who find a few contradictions in the Bible and think they have God [...]
"Why have you forsaken me?" In a Bible study in New Jersey someone read these words Jesus cried from the cross. I was about 28, single, and about as lonely as you can get. I had been a Christian for five years but there was a lonely place that seemed not to be overturned or touched, until that night...
Christianity is not much fun when it is nothing more than a muzzle on a whining dog who can’t bite but he wants to. So many of us Christians are holy whiners, letting on how hard it is to be holy. We reduce the wonderful Holy Spirit to the role of restraining us from [...]
When God calls us, it is usually not just to say hello. He calls us to do something great. Your calling might be hidden in children, in sick people, in the poor or in a place of lonely suffering. We might get mad and yell, "Why doesn't somebody do something about this?" Or we pass [...]
Conventional wisdom says it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Could we form the most important habit of our life—ongoing personal encounters with the living Jesus in 21 days?
Please bear with me. I am about to be very vulnerable, and tell you a story that does not make me look that great. I wish I could say I am a completely non-judgmental person, and I give everyone an equal chance. But, I am human. I fight with inner judgements and biases everyday. If [...]
I have been watching politician after movie star after company icon exposed for their sexual sins. Before it was mainly TV evangelists. Now, the dark undertow pulls down the strongest of swimmers. We wonder how a man with power, wealth and a loving family would drive to a dark motel and plunge into the dark [...]
Riding my bike along the coast, I saw an osprey carrying a small fish to her nest. I imagine the bird feeling the life squirming in her claws and thinking, "This is the way it should be." The fish probably didn't think so. At the same time, I was listening to the first bars of [...]
I'm flying from Colombia into Fort Lauderdale. An hour into the flight, the young man next to me suddenly yells at me, "Quit touching me with your f'n elbow!" I said I didn't know I was but I sure would be careful. I tried to talk to him, but he closed his eyes and turned [...]
How could good Christians have slaves? How could Robert E. Lee fight for the South and slavery? If the Bible is revelation from God, why isn't it clearer that putting a person in chains is the sin of sins? The Reformation five hundred years ago ignited the fire of freedom in every heart, but somehow [...]