a lament for giants

They left us. I'm not sure when. It may have happened even before I was born. I'm having a hard time remembering lately. But I do know that they once lived among us and now they are gone. Giants. There was a time when our nation, our world, was teeming with them. As giants tend … Continue reading a lament for giants

romans 13 and protesting the government

First, what this post is not about. I am not writing this in order to offer an opinion on when your church should or should not open. I have been committed to the principle of localism throughout this pandemic. The people best equipped to make decisions for the well-being of their communities are the people … Continue reading romans 13 and protesting the government

an evangelical’s case against trump

**This is my third post related to Trump and the 2020 election. The previous two posts can be found here and here.** What are we doing when we vote? I find myself asking that question as I try to write this third and final post about Trump. People will answer this question in so many … Continue reading an evangelical’s case against trump

an evangelical’s case for trump

(This is part 2 of 3 posts dedicated to the question of Donald Trump. You can read the first post here.) Before making an evangelical’s case for Donald Trump, I first need to talk about Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky is a third-year quarterback for the Chicago Bears out of the University of North Carolina. To say … Continue reading an evangelical’s case for trump

so…about trump

Give Donald Trump credit. Has anyone in recent memory so thoroughly captured our collective imagination? You’d be hard pressed to find any adult who would admit that they just haven’t given him much thought. Love him or hate him, virtually everyone has an opinion – and usually a strong one – about him. You might … Continue reading so…about trump

demons of walmart

We are a people who are understandably obsessed with causation. The moment something of great importance happens we turn our collective attention to the question of causes. In the case of moments of great joy and wonder, this rush to causation has the effect of "breaking the spell." Rather than reveling in the moment, we … Continue reading demons of walmart

trump in the naked public square

In the mid-1980's Richard John Neuhaus was warning about the consequences of what he called the "naked public square." The naked public square describes a society where religion has been privatized and removed from public discourse. The "public square" has been stripped of anything resembling the transcendent all in the name of "secularism." The most … Continue reading trump in the naked public square

dear children, keep yourselves from idols

John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols

animals

"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?" Is it ever acceptable to refer to another human being as an animal? You probably know why I'm asking the question. The Twittergensia lost its collective mind (which it somehow manages to lose at least three times a day) recently … Continue reading animals