If God keeps waiting on the Church, this world will never be saved. Let’s face the facts: they’re distracted and we’re paralyzed. You know it’s true. There’s so much buzz in church circles about relationships and building bridges to lost friends, but mostly what comes out of all that chill chatter is generalities and coffee conversations. … More Let Him Say it in His Own Words
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” It was true in the second century when Tertullian first penned those words, and it’s been the experience of saints somewhere on the planet in every age since. In his profound spiritual reflection, Silence and Beauty, Makoto Fujimura reconsiders the awe and the agony of … More Show Me My Cross
Mel Gibson’s latest film, Hacksaw Ridge, was a religious experience for me. You’d probably never expect to hear anything like that about a war movie so agonizingly violent. But there’s a cross in the title when it appears on the screen. And the Sermon on the Mount is at the heart of the story. Perhaps you … More Hacksaw Ridge:Blood & Beatitudes
Where did Christians get the trite idea that we’re supposed to change the world? If we can all agree on anything about the Book of Revelation, it is this: the church doesn’t reform the world. To the contrary, John makes it clear the world will get worse and worse until God finally brings the curtain … More Deck Chairs on the Titanic
When Bruce Springsteen wrote The Rising, he was thinking mostly about the first responders who ran heroically into peril after 9-11. But he also sensed there was a resurrection quality to the anthem. His song came to mind again today as I thought about the Church here in the USA. After years of decline and … More The Rising: Has it Begun?
Another day, another slaughter at the hands of terrorists. This time, it’s a beach in France. This time, the body count is 70 dead and counting. To no one’s surprise, the heartless executioner was named Mohamed. No wonder there’s a rising tide of rage against apathetic world leaders. Once again, President Obama will condemn the … More Make Believe War
Just yesterday, most Americans had never heard of gender dysphoria; and transsexuals were found mostly in schlock movies like the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Today we are warned there is a national epidemic for which the only cure is the wholesale renunciation of the male-female concept of gender. Oh yes, and all individuals must be … More Resistance Thinking (2)