Moral superiority is not a virtue, at least not in the church. It’s an ugly attitude, uglier still when it’s used as a weapon to destroy fellow human beings. Roman pagans killed first century saints for getting the wrong religion. Nazis did it to European Jews for getting the wrong DNA. Klan members did it … More He’s Guilty: #MeToo
Wait! Hold on! What’s happening here? Until a week ago, the most frequently quoted Bible verse in these United States was “Judge not that you be not judged.” It was the logical destination of every conversation about bad behavior and moral living. Suddenly everybody’s racing to judge the racists who carried Tiki torches through the … More Real Racism and Phony Outrage
Gambling is not even a possibility for God: he already knows the outcome of every competition, the answer to every question. But there is a moment in the Bible when God makes a bet with the Devil! It’s found in the most ancient book of the Bible when Satan taunts the Almighty and questions the … More Does God Gamble?
If you’re still wondering whether Muslims outnumber Christians in this country yet, you may be seriously out of touch. Entertainment has eclipsed us all as the most popular religion in the USA. If it has never dawned on you that TV is the chief prophet for the most recent religious revival in the 50 States, … More The Saving Power of Hollywood
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?
Bonhoeffer described it as “this fog spreading over everything, this sense that there is no way out.” He was speaking of fear, the chill paralysis visibly stretching its tentacles through the churches of Germany as the Nazi menace continued to build. Alas, it seems that fog has come creeping in again, but this time it’s … More Night of 1000 Fears
The strangest thing: no one has ever asked me, “Pastor, could you please teach me how to pray?” That’s crazy because I’m frequently asked to teach people how to study the Bible, how to share their faith, how to fast, how to prepare a sermon, even how to find their spiritual gifts. Despite the fact … More Prayer is a B_ _ch