Wrath

Wrath

“For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” - James 1:20 Some stories put me in touch with my inner murderer. This one’s a pretty good example. Continue Reading

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Should I?

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Maybe we've had it too easy. Continue Reading

Transsexual Tragedy

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“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

James Foley, ISIS and Wrath

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“For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” - James 1:20 You’ve seen the photo by now, maybe even the video: an American journalist kneeling seconds before his utterly senseless, depraved execution. James Foley’s murder is just the latest link in a chain of outrages committed by this monstrosity called ISIS, a group representing Islamic extremism at its worst and man at his most depraved. Swift and strategic action is called for. So is disgust, heartbreak and prayers for the Foleys, and righteous anger generating whatever Continue Reading

Hear Ye

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My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that’s what she said. ~Author Unknown Bill Cosby called it The Weapon, a technique husbands instinctively catch onto early in marriage, and use as needed. The wife says something he’d rather ignore, like “Did you take the trash out?” or “We need to talk about taxes.” His mind is elsewhere, or he’s watching his favorite TV show, or she’s brought up an inconvenient topic. So instead of responding, he just stares straight ahead, pretending not to hear, hoping she’ll give up. Cosby said this Continue Reading

Wrestling with Arizona

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I’ve been wrestling with the rightness or wrongness of SB 1062 the controversial bill passed by the Arizona Legislature but vetoed by the state’s Governor Jan Brewer which would have granted private businesses protection if they chose not to offer services that violated their religious beliefs. Continue Reading

Die, Monster Flesh, Die!

"For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing."

“For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing.” – Romans 7:18 It’s a day for monsters, and despite reservations about horror for entertainment, I've got a perverse fondness for the cinema creatures that spooked me as a boy. Norman Bates, The Crawling Eye, Baby Jane Hudson and The Thing all cost me a few nights sleep back in the early 1960’s, but none so much as The Body Snatchers, those rude pod-critters that attach themselves to you while you’re napping, then take over. Nothing chilled me quite like the ending, Continue Reading

The Times They Are a Changin. And —?

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Maybe we’ve had it too easy. The Church and the Culture were never the same, for sure, but there was a time they shared basic values. So what you were taught from the pulpit on Sundays was usually compatible with what you’d hear at school; what you heard at school harmonized, in most cases, with what your parents said. America was never a Church, but until fairly recently most aspects of American life – school, church, entertainment, home - did hold to standards of moral versus immoral, natural versus unnatural, decent versus lewd; standards Continue Reading

Dust As I Am

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“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” -Psalms 103:14   If a man falls into sexual sin he can repent and move on. If he falls into despair, he may never get up. So despair scares me in ways sexual sins don’t. That doesn’t negate the seriousness of porn use, adultery, perversions or other moral failures, since the misuse of the body is described in scripture as something especially damaging. (I Corinthians 6:18) And, lest we forget, both the first martyrdom in the New Testament (John the Baptist’s beheading Continue Reading

Uncivil in Seattle

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I had the pleasure of being on Focus on the Family’s “Boundless” podcast yesterday, discussing the effects of porn, and my new book on overcoming it. If you’d like to hear the interview, here’s the link: http://www.boundless.org/podcast-section/2013/cultures-sex-story-episode-283 Here’s a less pleasant link. Yesterday during a July 4th Seattle gay pride event, two Christian men showed up carrying a sign calling people to repentance, and, presumably, witnessing/evangelizing as well. This video shows an angry group of gays and lesbians Continue Reading