We need to talk about sex. But what I have to say might be unpredictable. It would probably result in my being relieved of duties from about fifty percent of churches worldwide, and my being ignored in another twenty-five percent. But those who would hear it should hear it.
Read that title again. Not “abandoned.” Abandoning. In L.A. County, in fact in all surrounding counties as well, there is no shortage of strange and disparaging stories. The “baby in a dumpster” phenomenon might rightfully be considered the most depraved. But it is also a nationwide issue, and not isolated or sporadic in practice. A… Continue reading The Case of The Abandoning Parent
“Which translation are you using?” Such a question is so common in some Christian circles that we may be getting used to glossing over the controversy behind it. In the question lay a whole host of potential motives, motives none of us can predict flawlessly. One motive might be to more closely follow the example… Continue reading Love-Motivated Translation
In Jeremiah 35, we come across the story of the Recabites. Now, these Recabites were not a tribe of Israel. They dwelt in tents, and lived on outskirts of the land. And these Recabite people, whom others might have considered out of place, indwell one of the literary gems of Hebrew Scripture as it relates… Continue reading Recabite Faith
Jim Wallis (founder of Sojourners) is to many a spiritual hero, and being such isn’t unjustifiable. He’s legitimately and biblically contested the presuppositions of both the right and left on the political spectrum, and the liberal and conservative portions of the Church. When he puts his mind to something, he does it. When he acts,… Continue reading Why I Hesitated to #Fast4Families
But there is hope for causes such as this, when the downtrodden are left in isolation, victimized by self-absorption and classified by presupposition. In my religious tradition, we identify that hope in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah. “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me… Continue reading They May Seek The LORD (Where Should The Homeless Go? – Part 2)
Ever taken a multi-vitamin on an empty stomach? Don’t. Sickness happens. And frankly, most of the vitamins can’t be absorbed anyway. Why? Because there’s nothing in the stomach to take on those extra vitamins, or help the process along. In other words: pointlessness in a pill. Ever tried to participate in faith without a community?… Continue reading Vitamin-F(aith)
Last post, I think I laid out what could be at least a minor case for a new, fuller understanding or theological position: namely, the idea that God transcends human categorization when it comes to his “choosing,” whether of people or purpose, and simply does what he sees fit for any given time. This is… Continue reading The Purpose of “Predestination”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not… Continue reading Spiritual Gifts…in The “Unchurched”?
‘It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.’ — Ecclesiastes 7:18 As we close out American Independence Day and its weekend, I started reflecting once again about the worth of identity, action, and purpose. Surely being part of a nation rouses these… Continue reading Naming The Middle
‘All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.’ – 1 Cor. 12:11 Don’t look a gift-Spirit in the mouth. As mentioned in the last post, the argument negating the existence of any gifts so named in the Scripture, biblically speaking, seems a… Continue reading The Spirit’s Gifts