A Christlike Enigma -DDWJWD Final

I’ll confess that I’ve struggled to write this series. I almost feel like one of those people who critique Mother Teresa for not doing more community development. Even if God didn’t exactly mean for us to mimic the details of Jesus’ life, surely aspiring to be more like Jesus can’t be a bad thing. Or … Continue reading A Christlike Enigma -DDWJWD Final

What Would Jesus Don’t – DDWJWD Part 5

Of course, there’s about as much danger of everybody “doing what Jesus would do” as there is of everybody Wanging Chung. Jesus was an outlier even in his day. Really doing what Jesus would do would require everyone to quit their jobs, spend forty days in wilderness prayer and fasting, preach itinerantly trusting God for … Continue reading What Would Jesus Don’t – DDWJWD Part 5

Multiple Personality Design – DDWJWD Part4

Even if millions of Jesus clones could somehow produce a functioning society, his example would still fail to address the vast array of choices and experiences even within the life of one individual. Consider this admittedly-hard-to-follow quote from the singular mind of John Oman: But, when we imagine that we can finally direct our lives … Continue reading Multiple Personality Design – DDWJWD Part4

Every Third Person Wang Chung Tonight! DDWJWD Part 3

In 1986 pop music reach its zenith with the release of “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by the group, Wang Chung. Check out this excerpt to see what I mean: Across the nation Around the world Everybody have fun tonight A celebration so spread the word Everybody have fun tonight Everybody have fun tonight Everybody Wang … Continue reading Every Third Person Wang Chung Tonight! DDWJWD Part 3

What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2

If anyone ever lived out the “What Would Jesus Do” ethic, Justin did. He moved into an abandoned train depot in the bar district of the next town over and took in homeless people. One night I think he baptized nineteen people in the fountain of the big Baptist church a couple of blocks over. … Continue reading What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2

DDWJWD (Don’t Do What Jesus Would Do) – Series Intro

Some kid at Bible camp ran up behind my son, Jadon, and slapped him on the back of the neck. I guess he wanted to take on the biggest guy in the cabin. Jadon whirled around, narrowed his eyes and growled. The kid, immediately regretting his decision, resorted to playing the Jesus card, “Now, now, … Continue reading DDWJWD (Don’t Do What Jesus Would Do) – Series Intro

Love Your Opponent

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

What’s in a Name?

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?