Pedaling Among the Weary

Cycling

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. -Galatians 6:9 I’m going into training for the April Bike-A-Thon our church sponsors every year. Proceeds go to send abused kids to camp, and I’m always blessed and proud to participate. Continue Reading

Transsexual Tragedy

Leelah

“No, of course, What really matters is the blame, Somebody to blame Fine, if that’s the thing you enjoy, Placing the blame, If that’s the aim, Give me the blame." -from 'Into the Woods' by Stephen Sondheim’ There’s a time for mourning and a time for finger pointing, and generally they shouldn’t mingle. Case in point: The recent and well publicized suicide of 17 year old Joshua Alcorn, a high school transsexual going by the name “Leelah”, who posted a farewell message  via Tumblr on December 28, deliberately timed to be displayed Continue Reading

Our Work and Our Needs

Fundraising has never been my strong suit, and frankly, asking for financial support is hardly one of "my favorite things". Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 2 of a 5-Part Series

Gender

Recent events in both the culture and the Church have prodded me this week to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on transsexualism six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find it in its original form here) Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 1 of a 5-Part Series

Gender

Six years ago I wrote an article on transsexualism – a person’s identification with the opposite sex (“I’m a woman in a man’s body”) or the act of surgically or cosmetically living as if you were a member of the opposite sex. At the time I was concerned about the challenges it poses to the modern Church, so the Christian Research Journal,  a publication for which I’m blessed to be a contributing writer, commissioned an article from me on the topic. Continue Reading

Releasing Your Wounder

forgive

We’ve all got them – wounds, past injuries of the soul that still show themselves, either in the way we relate, or the pain we feel. I've learned a lot by examining my own, and those of the people I've been blessed to work with over the years. Continue Reading

Still in the Dog House? Try This

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For the married man who's let his wife down, there can be a real helplessness that goes along with repentance. You know you’ve messed up, you’ve apologized every which way you can, and you’ve taken some concrete steps to get help. You’ve joined an accountability group, you’ve gotten yourself an accountability partner, you’re in counseling, and you make sure that on a daily basis you’re in the Word and praying. But you’re still in the dog house. She says she forgives you, then she rips into you with a fresh round of questions. (“How could you 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

A Welcome Divergence

Divergent

My son and I caught a screening of the new Neil Burger film Divergent yesterday, and while I can’t say I was blown away, I did like it enough to recommend it, both for the quality of the film itself, and for the relevant-as-today’s-paper questions it raises. Continue Reading

Unboxed

Unboxed

   I like boxes; I love being boxed in. Clear definitions, unmistakable boundaries, everything nice and neat, that’s for me. I thrive on routine, and whereas predictability bores some, it delights me. Given the choice, I’d wear the same uniform daily, keep the same hours, do the same thing. So when God shoves me out of my box, I go kicking and screaming all the way. Continue Reading