Leaving the Ninety-nine

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”Hosea 6:6 Jesus quotes this verse twice in the Gospel of Matthew. He brings it out first when criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners,” and again when criticized for his disciples eating raw grain…

A Theology of Kindness

I read another defense of rude Christians the other day and only just resisted the urge to pull my hair out. Or scream text a reply. Cringing, I patted myself on the back for my forbearance, and came away asking a question fundamental to the practice of our faith. Why…

The Bachelorette: Purity, Virginity, and Shame

It became clear that there were two different kinds of Christians sitting across from one another. Both had faith in the center of their lives. Both viewed sex to be beautiful and made by God. What was different was the view that was having sex outside of marriage

Christians Do Sex Weird (or, Caligula Deposed)

Why is St. Paul so hung up on regulating the sex lives of his converts? Because in Imperial Rome, sex is violence. In Paul’s churches, this must change. Two millennia later, even in the shadow of the ‘sexual revolution’, there’s plenty of work to be done. Much of our sex…

Getting the Egypt Out of Israel, and Us

God exists or doesn’t, and everything takes shape accordingly. Our expectations should change given the reality of God or lack thereof – and our values. Of course, most of the folks I know who think there’s probably no God also think quite Christianly. One of my best friends in early…

Scripture and the Sanctity of Language

There are a handful of books I read on repeat. Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. The sort you stumble across that threaten to change your life for the better. One such book is Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. McEntyre is accomplished as all get-out. She writes on…

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