Jesus and the Beautiful Ones

A few weeks ago a friend texted me having just read the story of the woman anointing Jesus at Bethany. My friend was particularly moved by Jesus’s response to those who criticized the woman: “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.…

A lay Catholic responds to Church Scandals

Many Catholics much more profound than myself have already commented on one of the most obvious facts about the leadership of the Catholic Church: Catholic leaders are sometimes — perhaps often — horrible, horrible, evil men. Catholic Priests, Bishops, and even Popes have been responsible for a number of intolerable…

Why I Don't Affirm Sola Scriptura (Part Three)

Ready for the third and last part of this series! Well here it is! If you somehow haven’t read the first two parts then you’re probably an alien from another world, but don’t worry I have the links for them right below so you’re cover won’t be blown. Why I…

How to Read the Bible (Series): Imaginative Hermeneutics

Since God is outside of this world, that means we can’t really know anything about God apart from the media through which he chooses to reveal himself: story.  So in order to understand what scripture reveals about God, we have to do everything we can to understand the stories, not as conduits of God’s revelation, but first and foremost as the stories themselves.

Why I Don’t Affirm Sola Scriptura (Part Two)

If you haven’t read part one, please do so. Otherwise you’ll read this out of context. So my first reason and for me I think its the strongest one, is that Sola Scriptura ultimately replaces the role of Christ and is therefore Idolatrous. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura says the Bible…

Grace Isn't For Me

Yesterday, I forgot the gospel. The day before, I forgot the gospel. Tuesday, I forgot the gospel. Now, I obviously don’t have a memory loss problem. (I mean not that I know of.) What I do have is a heart that is fleshly, a heart that is sinful, a heart…

Jesus and the Syrophoenician Mother

In my post last month, I alluded to the story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician mother and said that sometimes a woman following God in faith might be asked to submit to seemingly difficult, even offensive, standards. Almost immediately after publishing that post, I started to wonder how my audience…

O Death Where is Thy Sting?

Death may seem to be a strange place to begin my blogging career, but questions surrounding death seem to drive much of our religious language and beliefs. My kids had their first experience with death when a man from church, who our family was close to, died suddenly. Questions started…

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day: Tyler's Perspective (Part 3)

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Everyday “Preach the Gospel.” It’s a phrase we hear all the time in Christian circles. We find it in church mission statements, Bible studies, Christian t-shirts. But how often do we put a lot of thought into what that phrase means? In a collaborative effort,…

The Sex of God

For most of human history, as anthropologists and archeologists can attest, women were revered as the Supreme Deity in many ancient civilizations. As primary caregivers and bearers of life, female deities were the natural choice for worship and reverence during the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras. When agriculture came about the…

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