"Hey, you're dressed queer."I look over. The speaker is an elderly man, mid-70s I'd guess. He is tall and thin and is wearing of those caps that cabbies wore in movies from the Forties. "You're dressed queer," he snarls. "Why you dressed so queer." I have on my usual fringes, and, for good measure, have … Continue reading The Bible on the Bible
When we consistently, persistently, and insistently mishandle the very book which we hold up as our standard, we deceive only ourselves and repel our sincere critics.
This post isn't for everyone. It's for the people who sense that something is wrong with this world. It's for those who grieve over the hurt they see around them and regret their part in it. You're right, there is something wrong and you're a part of the problem. You also need to know that … Continue reading Crossing Over
It's a new year. This time, I'll lose that excess weight and keep it off! Right? Okay, so I haven't been focusing on my health this year, but I have been attending to it. I was on my way to meet a friend for tacos yesterday and thinking about whether to get a salad or … Continue reading Eating According to the Gospel
God is more to be feared than any consequence of obeying him.
One day at my old job I was assigned to load an "Over 70" trailer. For four hours I pulled packages that weighed at least 70lbs from a belt and loaded them onto a trailer. The next day, I came into work and lifted an ordinary package. My back immediately seized and my body locked … Continue reading Grin and Bear It
I read a story today that made me weep tears of joy. Kenda Creasy Dean in her book Almost Christian, urges the church to reclaim the unmixed gospel as the basis for teen discipleship. Why? Because of an ESPN article on high school football, that's why! Grapevine, Texas—one of Money Magazine’s top 100 “best places to … Continue reading Love Your Opponent
I used to have a recurring nightmare. I'd enter a dark room where I sensed a malevolent presence. Instinctively, I'd flip the switch on the wall, but the light wouldn't respond. Fear would grip my heart as I vainly repeated my attempts to shed light on whoever or whatever approached me in the darkness. It's … Continue reading Black Light
I have a friend who wants to help me fix my car. Yes, I made a bad decision and purchased a lemon. No, I don't have the money or skill to fix my situation. But, that's not his main motivation to help me. He also wants to spend a week working side by side with … Continue reading Te Quiero
My cousin is a Jehovah's Witness. She and I had a conversation a while back. I asked her, "When Jesus said that he had given his disciples God's name, what name did he mean?" "Jehovah." was her unhesitating response. Then I asked her where in the Gospels do we find an instance of Jesus ever … Continue reading What’s in a Name?