Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

A Time to Weep

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “to everything there is a season” and the current season we are in is Lent. But most of the conversations I’ve had about Lent miss the underlying meaning of this season and focus only on what’s been given up. While Lent does incorporate the practice of giving up,...
April 14th, 2014 | Catholics, Church | Read More

Family Matters: A Biblical perspective one’s duty to the family

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26). These are the words of Jesus, spoken to a crowd of his followers. This is a severe and perhaps surprising assertion....
April 8th, 2014 | Church, Family Issues, 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

Homesick Holidays: Why Long-Distance Relationships Are Good For You

One of the hardest things about life is being away from the people you love. This sort of pain does not heal with time; it only gets worse. However, one of the best ways to grow, as a person and as a Christian, is by being away from those same people. You are bound to experience the pain of separation...
December 12th, 2013 | Culture, Friendship | Read More

Following Christ Into the Night: A Reflection on the Fear of the Unknown

I often feel very alone when I think of the uncertainty of my future. Sometimes at night a sense of desolation follows me and shakes me awake before my morning alarm. I wake up with fears of insignificance, rejection, and isolation. My mind and heart say maybe your fears are real. Maybe you are truly...
November 11th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Loving Your Enemies in Ender’s Game

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. How can we love them if we don’t understand them, if we don’t take the time to know them? In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender Wiggin unintentionally learns the best way to love one’s enemies, and he never forgets it. Though just a child...
November 1st, 2013 | Book Reviews, Culture | 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

Vacation Bible School and Athanasius: the Power of the Gospel

I never thought I’d be using Saint Athanasius to explain God to a fifth grader. But this Wednesday, I found myself thinking over Athanasius’ arguments in On the Incarnation as I challenged a group of squirmy 10-year-olds to tell me why Jesus had to die on a cross. Why couldn’t he die in his sleep...
July 24th, 2013 | Religion | 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