Tag Archives: culture

How Bad Can I Really Be?

We’re all pretty rehearsed in convincing ourselves that we are good. We self-justify, assuming our good deeds balance the scale against our wrongs. But when we look at the person of Jesus–the embodiment of perfection–we see how pathetically wanting our standard really is. When we step into his light all our ugliness that once hid in the shadows […]

Being the “Weaker Vessel”

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 I was recently asked my thoughts on this verse. It’s been quite the mental […]

Firefly Christians

We recently moved Eastward and on a warm evening, on the humid brink of summer, I had my first encounter with fireflies (they were nothing more than an unknown critter to a Washingtonian such as myself until this year). I know the facts of bioluminescence that makes each oxygen-fueled spark, but it doesn’t reduce the […]

Dear World, We Are Dying

Dear World, we are dying, Do you hear the death rattle? I hear it in the silence–when shots ring And blood blooms and dries. Dear World, we are dying, Do you see the yawning grave? I see it in the ruin–when laws pass And life ends unknown. Dear World, we are dying, Do you feel […]

We Can’t “Progress” Beyond the Bible

I’ve recently read a few articles by authors who claim to have outgrown what they refer to as “American Christianity”. Generally this perspective is taken by those who consider themselves Progressive Christians, believing they have progressed beyond the faith they were taught within the American church. It seems essential to define the term “American Christianity”, […]