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
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
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
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
Those who insist that we use the Bible as a set of religious and moral imperatives often support their view with passages like 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Let’s take a fresh look at that one for a moment: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the…… Continue reading Prophets that Profit
Direct communication is better than pre-recorded messages.
Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I…… Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma
“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.
The four of us rode together that Sunday morning. The closer we got to the little church house, the greater our anxiety rose until we finally had to pull over into a radiation therapy clinic to pray in the car before continuing on. When we reached the church, the parking lot was empty. All of…… Continue reading The Bible Never Said, “Obey the Bible” — Introduction