Not all shepherds of the sheep are the same. Some are perhaps bolder, more rigid, others more sensitive […]
Well here we go again. Another round of restrictions imposed by our governing authorities. Another set of closures and limitations for small businesses. The people talk and they complain, of course. Our social media feed is full of references to the insane overreach for a virus that has an incredibly high survival rate. Where is the concern for those who are unemployed, or those who are depressed, or those who are lonely? They tell the churches when to open and when to close, where to worship and how to conduct themselves. They dictate how we are supposed to celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving and, without a doubt, Christmas. They believe they have a right and even a responsibility to know what is going on in your home: how many are gathered there and how you are implementing the mandates of the state.
When I went off to the seminary to begin my formal training to be a pastor I went […]
Jack Donovan in his book Becoming a Barbarian has a chapter titled “The Empire of Nothing.” In it he offers a compelling critique of our current political and cultural milieu. In fact, he argues that it isn’t so much a culture that is being forwarded but an anticulture where there is no “Emperor, no center and no people.” Instead, the Empire of Nothing is a collection of businesses and institutions that have aligned against identity in some vague hope of “progress.”
“The Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the […]
We’re getting sick of the whole mess. The cliché of this being an unprecedented time, the dumpster fire […]
The stoic philosophers would famously use the phrase memento mori which translated into English says, “Remember that you […]
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon the throne, high and lifted up…”Isaiah 6:1
The signs are all around us. We just don’t want them to be real, or at least we don’t want them to mean what they seem intent on conveying. After all, it’s that special time of year when everything appears to carry more weight. So, we take comfortable stances and head down familiar roads. Once again we are told that this election is the most important election of our lifetime, there is more at stake, more to gain if my side wins and more to lose if those idiots try and steal the election.
On January 1, 1863, the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, issued an executive order which changed […]
God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make a choice. Our civilization […]