You remember the three wise men, right? They were the kings from the East who showed up to see Jesus a few months after he was born. And, as we all know, they came bearing gifts. Do you remember the three gifts they brought? I gave you 2 of them in the title of this post. So, I should say, do you remember the third? That’s right, myrrh. On...Read more
A prayer of lament for the families of Sandy Hook, adapted from Psalm 22. My God, my God, why have you forsaken Sandy Hook? Why were you so far from saving your children, so far from their cries of anguish? My God, they cried out by day, but you do not answer, by night their parents will find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one we...Read more
You probably never thought about whether or not your worship service was sexy enough. That's because you are a sane, rational person. This group, however, has decided to toss reason to the wind in an effort to give worship that extra level of sexiness they apparently are convinced it has been missing. Meet OMG. "A delightful mix of fun, fashion, faith..." Read more
I am currently in the midst of finals week at school. So, today's post comes from the vault. I wanted to share this post again this week because I had a class this semester in early church theology and the more I study the church fathers, the more I am convinced that the modern evangelical understanding of "salvation by faith alone" is an idea that would...Read more
Ken Ham must be so proud. Or is he jealous of the competition?Read more
Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's ArkBy Toby Sterling, Associated Press DORDRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Just as the first storms of winter roll in, Dutchman Johan Huibers has finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark — an undertaking of, well, biblical proportions. Huibers, a Christian, used...
Looks like this year it'll be a Festivus for the rest of us! You remember Festivus, right? If not, you need to go ahead and cash in your vacation days because you've got a lot of Seinfeld to catch up on. Anyway, it seems that a disgruntled atheist living in Deerfield Beech, frustrated by years of failing to get the local government t0...Read more
I've long been annoyed by the saying "everything happens for a reason." For one, I find it to be rather sappy and, well, I'm not a particularly sappy person. Secondly, I've never thought the sentiment was true. Some things just happen. There's no rhyme or reason to them. They just happen. But the more I think about it, the more I've come to realize that I was wrong. Everything...Read more
So, this is probably the most random thing I've ever come across. It's an op-ed piece from a Nigerian newspaper. Short story short, I googled "pastor" and it was one of the results. Anyway, I realize this is "The American Jesus" and not "The Nigerian Jesus," but this article is too funny/terrible/amazing not to share. Besides, I can think of few things more "American Jesus" than "Jesus wants pastors to have their own private jets." Sorry about that, Nigeria. Among the...Read more