Grief and the Holidays

Ready or not, we’re entering the holiday season of 2020 – a year filled with loss and grief and a lack of normalcy. With Covid deaths rising to over 250,000 in the United States, some of us are grieving lost lives this year. We’re also grieving lives lost from other sicknesses or accidents. And inContinue reading “Grief and the Holidays”

Fruit Inspection

My entire life I’ve heard the scripture advising us to judge a tree by its fruit, to beware of false teachers and judge them by the fruit they bear. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. .Continue reading “Fruit Inspection”

What’s Sown In Fear . . .

The preacher’s bald head flushed red like a stop sign. Stop and listen because you’re going to hell! His veins bulged. Beads of sweat dotted his forehead. Pacing back and forth on the crimson red carpet of the tiny country church, he shouted about sin and hell and eternal damnation. Terrified, I listened to everyContinue reading “What’s Sown In Fear . . .”

God said it. I believe it. Does that settle it?

Back when every mall had a Christian bookstore, they sold bumper stickers beside the little metal ichthus fish. One of the most popular bumper stickers was the pithy – God said it. I believe it. That settles it. It’s 2020 now, so we may not have Christian bookstores. Or bumper stickers. Or malls. But weContinue reading “God said it. I believe it. Does that settle it?”

Clutching Our Pearls Isn’t Saving Lives

People have sex. And not everyone waits to have sex until the circumstances are ideal for having a baby. That’s just the truth. I’m not here to argue about what the Bible says about that or whether it’s right or wrong. I’m just saying it happens. Obviously. And I believe the Church’s pearl-clutching, gasping, scandalizingContinue reading “Clutching Our Pearls Isn’t Saving Lives”

Pro-Life – The Nuanced Conversation

Nuance. Gray areas.  Our current culture doesn’t do nuance well. We like extremes. Black and white thought. We like labels. Tidy boxes. We like to categorize people.  How else will we know if this person is part of Us or part of Them?  We need to know are you part of The Right or TheContinue reading “Pro-Life – The Nuanced Conversation”