Yelling (bleep) at church and other lessons about gravity

We’re all human and sometimes we blurt out words… Continue reading Yelling (bleep) at church and other lessons about gravity

Dead leaves and second chances

Over the last few weeks, the United States has experienced brutal winter conditions. Weather—and climate—works in cycles over long periods of time. On a shorter scale, the weather patterns follow the seasons of the year. It’s been winter here—a long winter—so it has been cold. That’s how it works. As I pay attention to the complaints of friends, I’ve noticed how people always prefer the … Continue reading Dead leaves and second chances

Obadiah, Edom and modern Israel

Last week, I put together a short study on the book of Obadiah. By some accounts, it is the least popular book of the Bible—although that is based on the number of searches on a website. Still, with the exception of Jonah, the 12 prophets or the minor prophets section of the Old Testament tends to be the least read among Christians. Obadiah is a … Continue reading Obadiah, Edom and modern Israel

Taking a coffee break (I don’t have a name for this one)

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Brand Jesus and commented that Christians, especially in America, have a Christian alternative for so many different things. I know it might bother a few readers, but I don’t think this is Christianity at all. Jesus didn’t tell us to create our own little world and shut ourselves off from reality. We don’t need an alternative to the world … Continue reading Taking a coffee break (I don’t have a name for this one)

No Christian alternatives

American Christianity is a brand. In cities all over the country, a Christian can find an alternative product for almost any interest. Anyone can get into their car—with a fish on the back, of course—tune in their Christian radio station, and drive to their Christian gym, Christian coffee shop, Christian bookstore, or Christian restaurant. All while wearing a graphically intense Christian t-shirt and, perhaps, Christian … Continue reading No Christian alternatives