This category contains short essays on a wide variety of topics centered on the questions: Is Christianity reasonable, and if so, What does living faithfully to Jesus' teachings look like in the 21st century?

Why?

Karl and his family

"I don't know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, married me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny's Daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why? See, I don't ... Continue reading

Hold on

bird-versus-wind

The created world is continually decaying, even as new life bursts from the ground every spring. Great trees succumb to disease and fall, mountains gradually erode away, sometimes with terrible swiftness, as we saw recently in rural Washington state. We baby boomers, who once felt invincible, have ... Continue reading

Walking backwards

backward-running

I do not consider myself to have "arrived" spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping even more firmly that purpose for which Christ Jesus grasped me. I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past ... Continue reading

Joy

starry-night

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people." — Luke 2:9,10, NLT He called her a vile name, and ... Continue reading

Mercy from a long way off

walking-home

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons."A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and ... Continue reading

The impulse to murder

batman-shooting

Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go for a walk." And when they were out in a field, Cain killed him." — Genesis 4:8, CEV It was a case of sibling rivalry. Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve; Abel was his younger brother. They were all farmers, of necessity, and we might romantically ... Continue reading

The truth about Superman’s phonebooth

superman

Phone booths have all but vanished from the American landscape, to the delight of the myriad faceless number crunchers who toil at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It's bad enough that the extinction of the public telephone has created so much hardship for cellphoneless citizens like myself, ... Continue reading

Do-gooders

many-hands

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. — Galatians 6:9-10, NIV We Boy Scouts are required to do a good ... Continue reading