The “Ninety-nine” doesn’t exist

I was struck today while rereading the parable of the lost sheep, that traditional notions of evangelism in the modern iterations of Christianity often get the concept wrong. If you are unfamiliar with the story Jesus tells in Luke 15, here it is in the language of Eugene Peterson's The Message with the context of … Continue reading The “Ninety-nine” doesn’t exist

Empty hands and palms turned upward. Affirmations for a New Year.

There is nothing that I can do, say, or think, that will make Jesus love me any less or more. He loves me unconditionally. This is the gospel. The Bible is a source of wisdom and instruction, but more wisdom than instruction. I take every word seriously as the collective guidance of people throughout history who … Continue reading Empty hands and palms turned upward. Affirmations for a New Year.

A more forgettable version of me. Lessons from Spider Man: No Way Home.

Like millions of Americans, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the latest instalment of The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. In my estimation, with just a few exceptions, the movie was near perfect in its storytelling, performances, and plot execution. It also provides great content for deeper contemplation, but if you (for some strange reason) haven’t … Continue reading A more forgettable version of me. Lessons from Spider Man: No Way Home.

187 minutes…Will Evangelicals remain silent on Trump?

One hundred eighty-seven minutes. This is how long former President Trump remained publicly silent, while at the other end of Pennsylvania avenue his supporters were attacking our Nation’s Capitol. Reports are now emerging that then President Trump ignored pleas from his staff, family, and even some Fox News pundits, to stop the riot. He refused … Continue reading 187 minutes…Will Evangelicals remain silent on Trump?

The Sky is(n’t) falling. Thoughts after watching Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up.”

Perhaps Alfred Lord Tennyson was thinking about the hubristic optimism that often precedes human tragedy when he wrote, “Our little systems have their day;  They have their day and cease to be:  They are but broken lights of thee,  And thou, O Lord, art more than they.” This stanza from In Memoriam A.H.H. came to mind after … Continue reading The Sky is(n’t) falling. Thoughts after watching Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up.”