The Water Walk

Waves

Let’s revisit an amazing story which, I think, has a lot to say to a Christian guy struggling to keep it clean. Fresh off one of history’s most triumphal luncheons (see Matthew 14:16-21, where five thousand dined on two loaves and three fishes) the disciples, at Christ’s specific command, took off in a boat for the other side of the lake around sundown. (vs.23) Their obedience drove them straight into the arms of catastrophe. A storm hit, the waves swelled, and by 3am they were still only midway across, exhausted and bewildered. Jesus Continue Reading

Lord of the Bruised

Reeds

A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory. -Matthew 12:20 I want that kind of heart. I want to look at a bruised reed and feel protective, appreciating its fragility and its potential. Without that, everything else seems empty. These words from Isaiah 42, re-quoted in Matthew, are interesting, aren’t they? “A bruised reed He will not break.” Matthew cites this as a prophetic reference to Jesus, and it’s important to note this description comes right after a heated 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

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

Right Position, Wrong Attitude

right wrong it depends

“The children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left.” - Elijah, downcast and afraid, from I Kings 19:10 I'm struck by how easily we can swing between two critical errors: doctrinal sloppiness and self-righteousness. Continue Reading

What the Wounded Wife Has to Say

Wounded Wife

If I knew falling in love would hurt this much I would have rather fallen into a ditch, and maybe I would be healed by now. -Evans Macharia           When a man sexually betrays his wife, his ability to understand her pain is equal to his ability to understand what pregnancy and delivery feel like. Continue Reading

Something Weird Under My T-Shirt

This is not the same as Right-Guard Deodorant - But You Probably Knew That

We're so often clueless about what's really going on with the people we know. Continue Reading

Robin Williams and the Dark Plunge

Robin Williams

(I’m reposting this message with a few updates in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, Continue Reading

Assessing Matthew Vines’ “God and the Gay Christian” Part III – Jesus and Homosexuality

Vines

The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs us, leaving on the canvas a less dark, less sharp version of the truth. -Dean Koontz, Forever Od When you love someone, you hope they're right. If they’re wrong, you can confront their wrong while praying they come to see the truth, or you can revisit the truth itself and see if might reconsider, be flexible, change its stance. The notorious story of comedian W.C. Fields comes to mind, in which someone sees him on his death bed perusing the Bible and asks him what he’s Continue Reading

The Dark Plunge

plunge dive

 “— a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan sent to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” - I Corinthians 12: 7 No one knows for certain what Paul’s thorn was, but I know mine. I’ve got a handful, actually, but depression is one of the strongest, most stubborn and noticeable thorns I’m stuck with. Continue Reading