Dismantling My Worldview

Developing a Christian worldview is a topic that often comes up in Christian circles. A proper Christian worldview should give one the biblical lens to interpret the world and events around them. If the Bible gives Christians the full revelation of what they need to know to understand the world,…

Loving my #blacklivesmatter neighbor

The following is a sermon I plan to give tomorrow. “Love… your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Talking to a young lady about the Enneagram the other day. We were trying to work together to help her figure out her number. The Enneagram is a personality type system that helps…

Love in the Hard Times: Practicing Repentance

It is crazy to think that only a week ago, I posted a blog about the importance of abiding in Christ and maintaining the warmth of our love during stressful seasons. I wrote that as a reflection on how I’ve seen the stress of covid and social distancing affecting the…

The Theology of Convenience (Part 1)

The article is similar to many that are coming out these days: vignettes of hope and despair in the face of tragedy. In this case it’s a Reuters special report on a COVID-19 outbreak in a small meatpacking town. It’s close to home geographically: Guymon is in the area where…

The Power of Why

I’ve found, though, that when people dismiss the question “why” on matters of faith, it tends to limit the experience. Those “trust and obey” traditions feel empty and deficient and entirely unsatisfactory. When the “why” is encouraged, though – or at least tolerated – the expansive nature of God and faith becomes real; the power and potential of the divine in the world seems limitless and worthwhile.

From Condemnation To Compassion

Deciding to write a piece that mentions the word abortion about 20x has taken me through the gamut of deep breath-taking, some hand shaking and the willingness to expose my limits of expertise; while praying for discernment and courage, with levels of trepidation. It is likely the most polarizing issue in the…

That Your Fruit Should Abide: Love in the Hard Times

If you’ve been hanging around Misfits for a while, you’ve probably come across some discussion around the words “orthodoxy” and “orthopraxy”. In short, in the Christian conversation, orthodoxy is a question of correct belief, and orthopraxy is a question of correct behavior. The Christian life requires both. If our beliefs…

Living and Active Words

The printing press has had a remarkable impact on the way readers interact with and think about the Bible. We modern readers have become accustomed to encountering the Christian scriptures as a single, neatly bound volume capable of being reproduced millions of times without error or variability. The ease and…

Christianity and the Art Xenophobia

Only those who have the courage to suspend their discomfort long enough to self-reflect and disentangle their fear from the presence of their other, will see that there is a third way. We don’t always need to fight or run, we can also choose to embrace our discomfort and explore it. It takes a stronger, more mature individual to extend compassion and openness to our other, whom by the way, is just as uncomfortable with the experience as you.

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