There is a word that saves civilization. I wonder, do you know it? It has kept the barbarian at the gate and it has stormed the beaches of Normandy. It is a shield for virtue and a safe house for chastity. It is easy to say, but hard to voice; said through gritted teeth and … Continue reading the word that saves a civilization
Our words matter. Scripture tells us and experience confirms to us that words are extremely powerful things. They build up or destroy. They bring life or death. They bless or they curse. One of the chief hallmarks of wisdom is the ability to handle words carefully. Words matter. Words also matter in our communities. We … Continue reading service or experience
A couple of weeks ago I drove 20 hours to preach one 30 minute sermon. This is something that I would normally avoid at all costs, but this trip was different. This trip was a long time coming. I grew up in Northwest Indiana, sometimes called the Lake (as in Michigan) Region, or to those … Continue reading back home again
"The mystics all agree that silence is the royal road to spiritual formation. I have never met anyone seriously interested in the spiritual life who did not have a growing desire for silence." The above quote is from Henri Nouwen. Supposedly. Hopefully. I haven't been able to confirm that, but I saw it on Twitter, … Continue reading a short meditation
(This post will contain a few spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.) Despite what you might conclude from the title of this post, I really enjoyed both the movie and the book. After seeing the movie, I commented on Facebook that it was better than The Last Jedi and Black Panther - two … Continue reading what ready player one gets wrong
I had an exchange with a friend on Twitter recently where he referenced the "Christian persecution complex." Filling in some gaps, I believe what he was actually referencing could be called the "American evangelical persecution complex" (understanding "evangelical" at least in this one context to refer to conservative Catholics as well). Basically the argument is … Continue reading can a christian in america suffer persecution?
This will probably come as a great surprise to many of you, but I have never been accused, at any point in my life, of being "in style." It just isn't my thing. It's not that I haven't tried. Some people try really hard to get better at golf yet still slice every drive out of … Continue reading judging the past by the present