Trees, A River, and Radical Dependency

[God's people] delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. --Psalm 1:2,3 (NLT) After warning about the danger of influencers (see Are You Being ... Continue reading

Is the Church political?

"The most interesting, creative, political solutions we Christians have to offer our troubled society are not new laws, advice to Congress, or increased funding for social programs – although we may find ourselves supporting such national efforts. The most creative social strategy we have to offer ... Continue reading

The Church as a colony

"Christianity is more than a matter of a new understanding. Christianity is an invitation to be part of an alien people who make a difference because they see something that cannot otherwise be seen without Christ." – Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony by Stanley Hauerwas and William ... Continue reading

Misfits and champions

A revaluation in the market for baseball players resonates in the lives of young men. It was as if a signal had radiated out from the Oakland A's draft room and sought, laserlike, those guys who for their whole career had seen their accomplishments understood with an asterisk. The footnote at the ... Continue reading

In, but not of…

Jesus is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is probably a monarchist. — Dr. John Mark Reynolds When the National Socialist Party of Germany came to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler, it moved quickly to consolidate its tenuous hold on power. Hitler's lieutenants were remarkably effective, in part ... Continue reading

True confessions

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. — Saint Augustine Walk into almost any Christian congregation in America and you'll find kind, smiling people, well-dressed and freshly-scrubbed. You'll discover families holding hands, beautiful babies cooing and gurgling, fluffy ... Continue reading

Skipping Christmas?

Whenever Christmas falls on a Sunday, Protestant churches see a decline in attendence. Some mega-churches—Willow Creek, IL; Southland Christian Church, KY; Fellowship Church, TX, and others— have decided to cancel their Christmas services due to lack of interest. David Wayne, the ... Continue reading

Getting faith out of politics

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. —The first amendment to the ... Continue reading