Okay, forget the theological jargon. Here are a few observations about doing bad things that most people should be able to agree with: 1) Everyone makes mistakes throughout their life. Some seem more prone to this than others. Some of these mistakes are harmless, others cause relatively mild harm. 2) Everyone does something bad at … Continue reading Some Observations on Doing Bad Things
“This is one of the things that bothers me most about straight people: the heterosexual lifestyle. They live a life of unrepentant debauchery: casual sex, multiple partners, widespread adultery, easy divorce.” “It’s all about sex for them: they always dress so provocatively, and their talk is filled with cheap sexual innuendo—‘locker room talk.’” “For the … Continue reading The Straight Lifestyle
Nobody said U.S. politics were dull. Like most of the world, I watched the recent U.S. presidential race alternating between fascination, amusement, and horror. Sometimes all three at the same time. It’s the kind of election that will be analyzed from every angle for years to come. I’ve been sorting through my own thinking on … Continue reading Our Thoughts and Words Matter
Revelation 6, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: domination, war, economic injustice, and death. Revelation 8-9, the Seven Trumpets and Three Woes: volcanoes, earthquakes, plagues of insects and disease, and war, always more war. Revelation 12-13, the Dragon and his Two Beasts: persecution, suffering, martyrdom for those who follow Jesus. Revelation 15-16, the Seven Bowls … Continue reading The Horrors of the Apocalypse
This post in an adapted excerpt from my sermon in the series “Four Things,” preached at Morden Mennonite on January 17, 2016. See others in the series: "Loved," "Needed," "Not Alone." Here is the audio of the full sermon: Here’s a word we know all too well: guilt. You know the feeling. You’ve done something, … Continue reading You Are Forgiven
Okay, so I’ve never heard it put quite that starkly. And I don’t hear this in quite the critical tone of that title, at least not directly. (What’s said about me when I’m not around, well, that may be a different story!) But I do hear some version of these kinds of questions fairly frequently, … Continue reading “All you ever do is talk about Jesus and love. Why don’t you preach the gospel?”
Love is All We Need | Scripture and Jesus on Love | What is Love? Love, Above All | How Should We Then Love? In my first post I got on my soapbox and boldly declared: “Love is all we need, folks! All we need is love!” In our complex, chaotic, confusing world, we Christians don’t need greater certainty … Continue reading What is Love?