Compassion and Justice: Speaking the Truth in Love

When does Understanding become Injustice?  When does Compassion become Weakness? As Followers of the Way of the Cross we learn that we are to turn the other cheek, to not repay evil for evil, to extend grace and to even love our enemies: all because this is how the Heavenly Father relates to us and…

Silence Is Not An Option: Some Thoughts on Justice & Inequality

Looking back on this essay from July of 2013, about the hysteria surrounding the trial of George Zimmerman regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I find that considering all that with all that has happened since, with Ferguson MO and NYC, this essay remains very applicable.  So I decided to edit it a little and…

Faith, Reason & Progress: A Response to Neil Degrasse Tyson

Recently I stumbled over the very winsome and articulate Neil Degrasse Tyson.  He is a fantastic communicator; disarmingly casual, witty and entertaining.  He seems intelligent, yet without an air of condescension; clever and still humble enough to recognize that he doesn’t have all the answers.  And yet, for some reason he made the assertion in…

Why Phil Robertson is Both Right & Wrong About ISIS

In a recent appearance on Sean Hannity the Duck Dynasty patriarch said that if he was in charge of the situation with ISIS his strategy would be to convert them or to kill them.   Naturally, this has stirred up some controversy.  However, those who embrace or reject what was said out of hand –…

What The Gungor Controversy Tells Us About The American Church

In case you are one of the few people who are even less aware of what is happening inside the glass walls of the American Church than I am, there is a major controversy currently over comments made by the worship band and Dove award winner Gungor (Here is an excellent article from the Christian…

What Clifford The Big Red Dog Can Teach Us About Grace

I have been a father for quite some time now and as such, I have had the chance to watch many hours of children’s programming.  To date one of my favorites remains the old PBS cartoon Clifford the Big Red Dog.  I think what I love most about the story, is captured beautifully by the…

Love Your Enemy: Reflections On The Orthopraxis Of Mercy & Grace

My daughter and I were talking the other day about the biblical exhortation to do good to those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-36).  It is a difficult thing for us to wrap our heads around but the scripture is clear.  Even psychology bears witness to the reality that the unkindness which stems from unforgiveness is…

Economics, Equality, Crayons & the Cross

My kids were coloring the other day and their cache of crayons was getting low, consisting mostly of worn down nubs and broken pieces.  So their mother got out two new boxes of crayons and added them to the cache.  She returned to check on them a few minutes later only to discover that they…

Life In Exile: Quiet-Godly-Dignified

The other day I came across this text in my readings and thought it might be worth sharing.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 the Apostle commands his Son in the Faith to teach the Church to pray for those in Authority so that they may live quiet, godly and dignified lives.  At first, this seems to…

4 Quick Thoughts On Leadership From Nehemiah

Much is made of Leadership in the Church nowadays, what it is and how it is accomplished.  It seems there is always a new book on the bestseller list, designed to help you become the best leader you can be with just 12 easy steps complemented by 24 easy diagrams and 48 forms.  Obviously, I…

Mechanics & Meaning: The Nye-Ham Debate

Recently there was a highly publicized and mostly disappointing debate between the Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, Founder of the Christian organization Answers In Genesis.  Now in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that I love Bill Nye and appreciate all that he did for Science Education back…

Making Sense Of The Day Of Pentecost

Acts 2 details the events of the first Pentecost following the resurrection and ascension of Messiah.  Too often this text is interpreted through the broken hermeneutic of popular Christian theological systems which, due to their inherently anti-Semitic prepositions, often emphasize the wrong aspects of the text.  In doing so, they render a narrative of it…