(photo credit) So I haven't become a mom-blogger, posting photos of my latest kitchen creation, but my wife and I have been enjoying old episodes of Good Eats online in the evenings. As I worked on my sermon from Isaiah 55:6-11 this afternoon, I was thinking about the panache of translating the Bible, and how it is a … Continue reading The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation?
(photo credit) My wife and I found a few hours of quiet last night and watched Bernie, a movie I had picked up from the public library. Having seen great reviews from the critics and after seeing it on many "Top Ten of 2012" movie lists, I thought it would be a safe bet. The movie has … Continue reading Southern Churchianity
(photo credit) I was reading a small book by Jonathan Edwards in which he is trying to help other Christians of his day understand the Great Awakening and the revival that was taking place around him. As he described the shouts, cries for mercy, and general disorderly conduct, it sounded like no service I had … Continue reading The Gospel According to…Me, and You Probably
(photo credit) Suspension of disbelief. It's something we do every time we step into the movie theater--or else we don't really enjoy the film. The film Hugo from two years ago celebrated the fascinating way in which movies transport us to another place. The only way this can happen is by setting aside our notions of … Continue reading Take Your Bible to the Movies
(photo credit) The announcement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today has been viewed by many women in the armed forces as a "duh" moment. Women have been serving in combat roles for a while now, but they just haven't been officially recognized as such. However, the public acknowledgement of this phenomenon is one more step in … Continue reading Shame On Us, Men: Women and Warfare
(photo credit) I was reading Manual of Church Order this afternoon, and I stumbled across a great quote from J.L. Dagg (1794-1884). He is recounting how he chose in his youth between the options of being a lawyer or a minister: At length the advice of Mr. Powell rose before me, with success at the bar, and … Continue reading Baptists Need to Come Out of the Closet