What about all these pagan influences?

It seems with every Christmas season there are questions about what and how Christians should celebrate the Holidays. I think about these kinds of questions often in relation to how we generally respond to culture. Perhaps these are some thoughts that you may find helpful. It is important I think, not to become overly concerned … Continue reading What about all these pagan influences?

Remembering Coach Austin and every teacher who tries…

Wisdom comes to us by way of an unknown author who muses, “What a teacher writes on the blackboard of a life can never be erased.” This is certainly true for my life as I recall the continuing impact of many teachers, among them my Junior High P.E. Coach Jerry Austin. Remembering his influence has … Continue reading Remembering Coach Austin and every teacher who tries…

The longing of a lonely lament.

In 1949 the legendary singer and songwriter Hank Williams recorded these infamous words as a way of dealing with the torment of love and loss; Hear that lonesome whippoorwillHe sounds too blue to flyThe midnight train is whining lowI'm so lonesome I could cryI've never seen a night so longWhen time goes crawling byThe moon … Continue reading The longing of a lonely lament.

When you’re disappointed at Christmas…

Author Eliza Tabor once said, “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” For many the Holiday season is a time of intense disappointment, from the trivial, such as not receiving the gift you had asked for on Christmas morning, to the more … Continue reading When you’re disappointed at Christmas…

Turkeys, sexuality, and culture. A thanksgiving reflection.

Who cooks and who cleans reveals a great deal about who we are as Americans and how we approach traditions and evolving mores in our society. Thanksgiving, as a holiday is an opportunity to examine these long held ways of taking care of household responsibilities. And in the interest of full disclosure, I readily admit … Continue reading Turkeys, sexuality, and culture. A thanksgiving reflection.

25 years later and still a “Jesus Freak”

Twenty five years ago this week, one of the most influential records in my life was released. dc Talk's Jesus Freak is still cited as one of Contemporary Christian Music's most influential albums and is still the subject of praise and criticism. I thought I would revisit a review of the book Jesus Freak to … Continue reading 25 years later and still a “Jesus Freak”