On Finding Jesus Outside the Church

(Written in response to RHE's Why Millennials are leaving the church on CNN's Belief Blog.)...more

On modesty and Christian culture

I’m going to open this post with a description of a scene from Mistresses.  Not too long ago an episode aired that featured a moment where Joss--one of the series' main characters--was is in an elevator along with a woman and her son.  The son--a boy of about 10--was staring. Joss was wearing one of her infamous short skirts. The mother decided to make a comment.Mother: Get a longer skirt.Joss: Get a taller child....more

Is Jesus Really Odin or Balder? A historical theory

Yesterday an intriguing archaeological report appeared on my facebook wall.  My initial reaction was both interest and a bit of disgust.  The report does, after all, refer to the native Norweigan religion as a "cult" and Norweigan religous iconography as "idols," judgemental terms at best.  The report describes a recent discovery of an intentionally preserved Norweigan temple used in the 5th through 11th centuries which is we...more
Interesting. I haven't read up on christus vs. chrestus but I plan to.  What are your thoughts ...more

Marriage Equality–It is time.

Listen, I’m not sure about the title of this post.  I know that I was just thinking, it is about time I stop being a coward and write the post that has been rattling around in my head for more than a year now.  So, it is not that I believe it is time now, because it is really way past time.The same goes for marriage equality in general.  We are long over due....more

To be Anything at All

Still playing catch-up from my blog posts on Australia...originally posted February 22 at www.catchcolorjustice.com ...more

Those three things

 I visited a friend in the hospital today.  He seemed to be doing well and he was, understandably, introspective.   He has been facing a very serious illness and you could tell that his thoughts had wandered to the "what if" region that most of us spend enormous amounts of energy actively preventing our minds from examining. ...more
Isn't it amazing what God does to knock over our barriers and our challenge our faith, and ...more

You Are Enough

Welcome, friend....more

The Peaceful Pond

"I've got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.I've got a river of life flowing out of me!" A song many of us remember from childhood Sunday School classes speaks much deeper to me today.  But few of us (at least I didn't), know the second verse: ...more

My Son "Swore" at School: What Makes a Word a Swear Word?

On Friday, I received a voicemail and an email that H ”was drawing a red thing with horns and then was telling another student that it was hell.” He was sent to the planning room at school and because the planning room para wasn’t available, he had to meet with the dean of students about saying “hell.” He had to fill out a planning sheet which included what his poor choice was {saying hell} and how it made others feel {sad, bad} and what he will do in the future {not say hell}....more
dude hell is not a swear word its a slang word lots of others say itmore

Do You Read Scripture Like a Pharisee of Like Jesus?

Way back in college, I took a class on the history of religion in America. One day during a discussion about some Christian evangelist, one of the other students offered this criticism of the man’s work: “it’s like he’s actually trying to be like Jesus.” I sat there a bit bug-eyed. Can you imagine – a Christian who was actually trying to be like Jesus? Whatever could that evangelist have been thinking?...more