Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

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

The Forgotten Gift of the Dove Real Beauty Video

You’ve probably seen the Dove Real Beauty Sketches Youtube video. Last week, it generated a lot of responses, from the informative to the satirical, both pro and con. Surprisingly, no one I read mentioned the feature of the video toward which I gravitated most strongly. While everyone else watched...
April 22nd, 2013 | Culture, Media, Television | Read More

A Rewording

“I like Christ, it’s Christians I can’t stand.” This cliché has bounced around for years. Various forms can be heard in casual conversation and heated debates, in parishes and on bar stools. The accepted rumor is that it was initially said by Gandhi, which is understandable given 100-some years...
April 8th, 2013 | Church, Religion | Read More

Giving Up: The Significance of Sacrifice

I’ve been contemplating a new life motto: “I give up.” I consider this not in a self-loathing or self-pitying way, and this is not to say I don’t believe in my value or abilities (to an extent). Rather, I think of it in a relational way, a spiritual way, even, considering certain...
April 4th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Repentance Songs and Easter

As many Christians in the world celebrated Easter this week, I think of the long, self-reflective days of Lent drawing to their exciting fulfillment. In my church, Lent is a period of intentional reflection and repentant prayer, hemmed together with the hope of forgiveness and deliverance from those...
April 2nd, 2013 | Holidays, Religion | Read More

Consider the Birds of the Air

Consider the birds of the air. Specifically, consider the sparrow. A person can learn as much from a bird such as this as they can from any other element of Creation. Maybe that’s why Jesus drew the eyes of the people to the birds of the air—he knew they were some of the best teachers, and they spoke...
March 28th, 2013 | Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Oz, Womanizing, and the “Flirt to Convert” Impulse

Spoiler Alert: This post is full of plot and character details from Oz the Great and Powerful. As I’m about to critically examine one aspect of this movie, I want to be clear – I really enjoyed Oz the Great and Powerful. I didn’t regret spending $11.50 to see it, I plan on buying the...
March 11th, 2013 | Film | Read More

Finding Meaning

I saw a meme on Facebook the other day that read: “Join a Hilarious Adventure of a Lifetime! Work, Buy, Consume, Die.” It’s funny because it’s true…so it’s also not really that funny. Reflecting on it a bit further, I find it to be a provocative comment on what seems...
March 5th, 2013 | Culture, Family Facts, Family Issues | Read More

The Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” — Romans 1:16 Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, answers the the question, “What is the Gospel?” (HT: Dean’s...
August 21st, 2007 | Religion | Read More