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 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…

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…

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…

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Conclusion

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion Conclusion Late in the Eighteenth century a young man by the name of William Carey began to decry the inactivity of the Church of his day in…

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Part Three

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion Where Do We Go From Here: Specifics of a Missiological Paradigm Society as a whole is experiencing a time of crisis; a turning point in the course of…