Is Pure Democracy the Best Path to Fairness?

I just finished reading an article from the NYT this morning entitled “Democracy Tested: Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate“, and as I tried my best to make it to the end still pretending I was reading an objective report (and not an editor’s opinion), a renewed admiration of our Constitution’s writers beganContinue reading “Is Pure Democracy the Best Path to Fairness?”

Gender and the Image of God

Admit it.  You’ve thought about it.  Will we have gender in the afterlife?  Jesus did say that there is no marriage after the resurrection.  No marriage=no gender, right?  And didn’t Paul say in Galatians 3:28 that “there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Maybe God is going toContinue reading “Gender and the Image of God”

The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation, Too?

Being a pastor in the South means that I have come into contact with the KJV-only crowd, and thoughts about translation method frequently bounce about in the potluck-addled brain of mine.  This is a continuation of a discussion begun in the post where I compared translation to baking. My friend Patrick Schreiner posted a table thatContinue reading “The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation, Too?”

The. Death. of. Nuance. in. the. English. Language.

Nuance. is. like. the. deadest. ever. Question: Are we in the business of communicating in sentences anymore, or is everyone just practicing for a pointillism art project? I believe our culture is witnessing the death of nuance.  Nothing is worth saying unless it is “the best ever”.  We end our stories with the punctuation, “ItContinue reading “The. Death. of. Nuance. in. the. English. Language.”

Throwback Church: Can We Be Retro in a Progressive Era?

These days twenty-somethings have embraced the relics of previous generations.  We buy outdated electronics to display in our studio apartments, wear calculator watches, and clothe ourselves with throwback everything–because its ironic, or something.  Only today could a song called “Thrift Shop” go to the top of the charts esteeming “your granddad’s hand-me-downs” and a siteContinue reading “Throwback Church: Can We Be Retro in a Progressive Era?”

Why I Pulled a Knife on My Congregation

Well, it was more of a meat cleaver than a knife:  “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin,Continue reading “Why I Pulled a Knife on My Congregation”