Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

The Comedy of Christ

Comedy is usually thought of as beneficial but not necessarily significant or essential. However, there is actually a structure and significance to humor as seen in comedic pieces. For instance, during comedic movies, many times the events are going decently well but in time they begin to devolve and...
June 6th, 2014 | Religion, The Gospel | Read More

In Defense of Denomination

There is one Body, and there is one Church. There is really no way to get around it—it’s right there in Scripture, coming from the mouth of Saint Paul himself. But unity doesn’t equate to homogeny. This is an issue that the Church universal has struggled with before Christ was even crucified. When...
February 13th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

I’m Dreaming of a White Jesus

Are you ready for a heartwarming Christmas story of racial sensitivity, common sense, and humility? Well, that’s not happening. Because last week, Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly announced to children everywhere that Santa Claus was a white man. “He just is.” And then things got weird(er),...
December 18th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

I’ll Save My Gucci For Sundays

A smashing outfit is worth a thousand words. I buy what “fits my image” and dress to “make a statement.” Apparel advertising buttons our identity to our body. It encourages self-expression through something visual that we create or select with the cooperation of our minds and our hands. For that...
November 7th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Church | Read More

How Living Safely is Dangerous

I tend to think passivity and the middle-way are pretty safe ways of life.  But choosing neither virtue nor vice is more dangerous than choosing vice.  If I am an outwardly vicious person, I cannot deny my viciousness.   On the other hand, by internalizing, that thereby ignoring, my own vice, I risk...
October 23rd, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Pull Question: Esther

How do the book, characters and circumstances of Esther point us to Christ? It seems that a major qualification for a book in the Bible should be some mention of God, Christ, the Scriptures, or even prayer. The book of Esther has none of these. Yet the story clearly records God’s extraordinary deliverance...
July 16th, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Paradise Regained

How does Milton redefine the concept of a Homeric hero? A Homeric hero: courageous, daring, angry, charming, strong, manly, passionate, commanding, skilled in oration, alluring. This is Satan in Milton’s masterful prequel, Paradise Lost. Although we watch the Devil’s extraordinary fall from heaven...
May 1st, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

On being Protestant and thinking about the Sacraments (Part 3)

This is a third part in a series. Don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2 (This post will stand alone, but does draw heavily on the previous two). As I’ve been thinking through Communion and Baptism, I considered the possibility that any action done by a believer in service of someone else is a sacrament. My...
April 26th, 2013 | Protestant, Religion | Read More

On being Protestant and thinking about the Sacraments (Part 2)

Part one of this series can be found here. I was baptized twice. I cringe when I think about it. In brief, I was baptized when I was 8, because it was a public declaration of my decision to follow Jesus 3-4 years before. I was re-baptized at 18 because I had “made my faith my own” and I...
April 25th, 2013 | Protestant, Religion | Read More

On being Protestant and thinking about the Sacraments (Part 1)

A Note from the Editor: This is the first in a three-part series on the Sacraments from a distinctly Protestant perspective. Today we’ll cover communion, tomorrow we’ll cover baptism, and Friday we’ll cover the possibility of the Church itself functioning as a Sacrament. Recently I’ve...
April 24th, 2013 | Protestant, Religion | Read More