When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

Saved and Strugglin’

Heavy Lifting

Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases. - Arnold Glasow When I asked God to remove my temptations, He answered by allowing more of them to come, and in stronger forms, and more often. I said, “Thanks a lot” and I could swear I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Anytime, Kid.” But He also did a major, life-changing work in me. He empowered me to deal with temptation, rather than remove it, and I got stronger and humbler in the process. Stronger because my resistance abilities grew; humbler because my reliance on Him becomes clearer than Continue Reading

Honey I Shrunk the Id

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They used to drum it into Psych students as a foundational truth – Freud’s Structural Hypothesis, the theory that our minds are composed of a triune entity called Id, Ego and Super-Ego. Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 3 of a Five Part Series

Gender

The growing support for transsexualism in the culture, plus the growing number of voices within the Church calling for us to not only to show respect and compassion to transsexuals (a very sound idea) but approval as well (an unsound option) has prodded me to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on the subject six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find the entire article it in its original form here)   Continue Reading

Wanting

Lust

There are many men who have much less than me, Day by day, they make their way And they find more in life than I can see Tell me when will I learn to resist wanting things, Touching things that say, ‘Do not touch’ -“Wanting Things” from the musical “Promises, Promises” It’s a cruel fact of life in this fallen world that we want more than (and other than) what we really need. Continue Reading

After the Fall

palm tree

“Man is a stately castle, intricately and masterfully constructed. The castle, however, was given a life of its own. When man took it on himself to be God, he ruined everything – the decay became so extensive that only one with the eyes of a craftsman could see the structural beauty that remained underneath. Man is an amalgamation of dignity and depravity, a glorious ruin.” -from The Wounded Heart by Dan Allendar Years ago my pastor gave an illustrated sermon explaining what happened when humanity went from Good to Defiled. He stepped up to Continue Reading

Anticipation

Anticipation

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (I John 3: 2-3) For me as a kid, nothing was more joyful, and at the same time more torturous, then waiting. Continue Reading

Gungor and the Fallible Jesus

Gungor

“And even if He (Jesus) was wrong, even if He did believe that Noah was a historical person, or Adam was a historical person, and ended up being wrong, I don’t understand how that would deny the divinity of Christ,” “The point is it wouldn’t freak me out if He was wrong about it, in His human side.” “Even if Jesus knew that Noah and Adam were mythical, but knew He was talking to people who thought they were real, that’s another possibility.” -recent comments by Christian singer/songwriter Michael Gungor Maybe this hits you hard; maybe Continue Reading

The Irrational Bible

Irrational Bible

"I have no more ability to believe --- that the first people on earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago. I have no ability to believe that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an arc ---” -Christian musician Michael Gungor  To me, one of the scariest trends in modern Christian thinking is the notion that it’s less important what you believe, and more important how you believe Continue Reading

Naked and Unashamed

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. - Genesis 2:25 Shame wasn’t part of the human vocabulary until sin entered the picture. Adam and Eve were, as countless paintings and films suggest, innocently erotic and erotically innocent. No clothes and, I daresay, no inhibitions. That was then, and then was worlds away, ages ago. Continue Reading