Hide and Seek

February 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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From time to time, I am prone to hiding. I suppose in one way or another, we all are. When we feel weak, afraid, tired or insecure, we each have a way of closing down the hardness of the outside world, to shut out the lights or the sounds or […]

Ashley Madison & the Suicide of Dr. John Gibson

September 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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Two men, two betrayals, and two very different endings. Judas is greedy for thirty pieces of silver and sells out his friend to the awaiting authorities with an insincere kiss on a cheek. Peter waits in the darkening courtyard and calls down curses from heaven as he denies any knowledge […]

Resting in the Work

August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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“Most Christians make the mistake of trying walk in order to be able to sit but that is the reverse of the true order. Our natural reason says if we do not walk, how can we ever reach the goal? But Christianity is a queer business. If at the outset […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

Egalitarian & Conservative?

June 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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I was once a complementarian, but my views were formed in the isolation of a conservative Baptist church where I was never introduced to an alternative. Like many people who were born and raised in a similar environment, exclusively male leadership as a biblical and theological concept was never taught […]

Captain of a Sinking Ship

April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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On May 7, 1915 a German U-boat fired a lone torpedo off the coast of Ireland. Within seconds it struck the hull of a British passenger liner called the Lusitania. Just eighteen minutes later over 45,000 tons of metal, wood, coal and humanity sank into the North Atlantic. Of the […]

Recipe for Renewed Christianity

April 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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          Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed writer ever hired by the New York Times. More impressive than his age is the fact that he is also a Christian. As a Harvard graduate with a brilliant mind, Douthat is able to synthesize and critique some of the […]

#WithoutDad: Part 2

February 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm
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       In a previous post I reflected on the recent Superbowl ad run by Nissan and subsequent popularity of the hashtag #WithDad. In short,  I challenged the assumption that absent fathers are given an untold number of chances to enter the lives of their adult children in later years. The […]

The Hobbit & The Battle of the Five Denominations

January 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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41,000 That was the figure given in 2011 by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity as an estimate for the total number of Christian denominations and organizations worldwide. Unfortunately, it is probably safe to assume that the number has only risen in recent years, not declined. As a member of […]

Pastoral Suicide & the Lamenting Church

November 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm
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  “To enter a broken heart means that our hearts will be broken as well.” – Paul Miller        It was close to a year ago that I sat at my computer writing a reflection on the suicide of a fellow pastor named Stephen Hightower. Today, I find […]