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?

A hard teaching

Jesus said to them, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." ... "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. ... Continue reading

Why remember Good Friday?

Good Friday is more accurately Holy Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the day Jesus Christ was led to a Jerusalem hill, nailed to a Roman cross, and lifted high until he died a long and excruciating death. We don't celebrate Good Friday, but Christians do remember it.Why ... Continue reading

Superpowers

The greatest superhero of all is Superman, hands down. Ironman and Batman have cool gadgets, the Hulk is both a formidable and sympathetic foe, Captain America commands our respect, but Superman is pure other-worldly superpower channeled through a morally upright heart. You can't beat that.My ... Continue reading

Arrival and regrets

Louise Banks: If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?Ian Donnelly: Maybe I'd say what I felt more often. I-I don't know. (from the 2016 movie Arrival)Arrival is a film about difficult, life-altering choices masquerading as a space alien drama. That's ... Continue reading

Accepting the unacceptable

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." —Reinhold NiebuhrI cannot undo death. I cannot force time to move backwards. I can pound the table as much as I want, but I cannot change the fact ... Continue reading

How should we then grieve?

And regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don't want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. — The Apostle Paul, 1 ... Continue reading

Survivor’s guilt

You had one job! An internet memeParents are supposed to keep bad things from happening to their kids. That's the rule and everybody knows it. If something terrible happens to a child, our first thought is often, Where were the parents?, not, There, but for the grace of God, go I.If you've ... Continue reading

A highway through a wasteland

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the LORD will ... Continue reading