Sacred Cows of Secular Culture: Media Preferences and the New Blasphemy

We all know that Western society has gone secular. But as much as secularism understands itself as religion-neutral, it has its own sacred cows. There are just certain things you don’t touch or critique about secular culture without being at risk of being called a blasphemer. Media preference is one of those sacred cows. I…

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Newtown, Bethlehem, and the Dark Side of Christmas

[NOTE: this post was originally written for www.BigBible.org.uk, and they are letting me post it here simultaneously on my personal blog.]   A week ago I was sitting in an elementary school watching one of my kids in a little Christmas musical. I was sitting there in the cafeteria with my wife, holding a toddler…

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On Locked Rooms & Empty Tombs: A Resurrection Reflection… for Advent

Advent is about waiting for Someone to come. Christmas shows us that He can appear  in unexpected ways and in unsuspected places. The Resurrection teaches us something similar—you never know where the Risen Christ will appear. Or when. Luke, Matthew and John all portray the disciples as stuck after the tragedy of the Crucifixion. We…

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Disillusionment, Cynicism, & Christian Eschatology

More and more I am recognizing that my book on cynicism (see the icon in to the right)  is ultimately a pastoral exercise in applying Christian eschatology to our daily reality. Cynicism arises from disillusionment.  When the rug gets jerked form beneath our feet and we find ourselves breathless staring up at the ceiling, wondering…

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A King from the Shadows

[drawing above: From the Dragon’s Hoard by Shaylynn Rackers]   It was story-time. My wife and oldest daughter were away for gymnastics practice, and I had just tucked my smallest daughter in her bed. The house was oddly quiet for a home with two strapping little boys at-large.  I found them both on the sofa,…

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The Table in my Home.

I had ground the coffee beans the night before in anticipation of an early Saturday morning reading a fine new book, Arthur Boer’s Living into Focus (my 7-year old is entertained that “the author is an Arthur.”) In the pre-dawn Saturday darkness, I heard a tiny voice (that can get quite loud) calling “Daddy” from…

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Faith Without Illusions, Dutch-Style

I discovered a few months ago that my book on cynicism, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint, was in the process of being translated… into Dutch. FWI has not had much of a readership since its release in the Spring of 2011.  This has been hard on the ego, but really good for…

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“Online Theology” vs. “Offline Theology”

I led a workshop over the weekend at the Christian New Media and Awards Conference in London.  My topic was “Online Theology”:  can we “do theology” online?  What are the advantages of doing theology via blogging and microblogging?  What are the limitations?  I also asked this: what sort of disciplines and skills should we embrace…

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