May 4th and a Different Path

I am not nearly old enough to remember May 4, 1970; however, yesterday someone shared Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and I started to think about the events of that day. As I did another scene entered my mind, video of protests in Columbus, Ohio last year where armed police officers took a... Continue Reading →

Do We have Hope?

One of the saddest realities I see in the modern world is the amount of cynicism in the Church. I recognize I am not immune to skepticism about various institutions, but it seems like Christians have lost the ability to place faith in any area of life: government, society, businesses, or even churches (especially denominations).... Continue Reading →

Is It a Sin?

One of those conversations that I have with so many people begins like this, "Is _________ a sin?" It is always a joy when these conversations revolve around someone reflecting on their life and truly trying to make sure their life reflects the love and grace of God. However, there are times when people begin... Continue Reading →

Are you expecting a miracle?

Most of my Christian family and friends would identify as broadly speaking orthodox, meaning they would affirm the traditional teachings of the Church in most areas. Included in this is a belief that God works in this world, a belief that can be loosely called, "miraculous". And though I am sometimes hesitant to use the... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the First Preachers

I have been thinking about the women leaving the tomb on the first Easter Sunday; there is a recent push to remind people that these women were the first Christian preachers, apostles, and evangelists. The goal of most who make mention of this fact is to remind the Church that far from banning women from... Continue Reading →

Relax, It’s a Joke

Personally, I like to think I have a good sense of humor, though some might want to argue that point, I appreciate a good joke. I follow a few social media pages dedicated to humor and it is an almost daily occurrence for me to see in the comments, "relax, it's a joke" or to... Continue Reading →

Seeing in Color: part 2

I continue to be disappointed by comments I read and hear which compare Dr. Seuss and other elements of pop culture. Particularly, I have been turned off because of the comparison between Dr. Seuss and "rap music." Growing up in the Church I frequently heard the refrain that "rap music" was in some way wrong.... Continue Reading →

Seeing in Color

From Mr. Potato Head to Dr. Seuss, to Pepe Le Pew controversy has, yet again, swirled around how pop culture influences society. I have been disappointed in many Christians as I have watched them react to these stories. Many have expressed outrage at the fact that beloved childhood symbols are seemingly being attacked. Frankly, if... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Bad Guys

Like most people, I often unwind in the evening by watching TV; among the shows I like to have on (whether or not I am truly watching is another matter) is Hogan's Heroes. Why, because it is mild lowbrow humor and I know in watching it I will not be too invested. One thing I... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Beauty

Last week I focused on God's desire to bring beauty from our pain in the season of Lent, and that made me think more about the nature of beauty. One of the realities which I cannot get away from is that, though beauty is inherently somewhat subjective, there is also a universality to beauty; we... Continue Reading →

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