It is most palpable when the call comes to partake in the Eucharist. Row by row they go up to feast, and I stay back. I live something like a fish-out-of-water. I am an Evangelical Protestant, spending a year as a student at a Jesuit school of theology and ministry. Many Protestants have come before … More An Ecumenism of Joy
Some ‘one-off’ reflections I’ve had over the past several days in relation to the protests and tensions at the University of Missouri and other campuses. Consider John. John looks different than most of the other people that go to school with him. Sometimes John gets yelled at and people say hateful things about him and to him … More Variations on a Mizzou
(This is an excursus from my previously begun series on gender and ministry, it is related to the whole and I will draw upon what follows in those future posts) The relationship between Christ and the Church is a Biblical trope that is often referenced, but rarely appreciated in all its depth. It has been … More The Divine Marriage
Searching for Mordecai This is a post about women and Church ministry. This is Part 1 in a series that I have prepared with tremendous research, and much prayer. This is my apologetic for my conviction that women can, should, and are desperately needed to fulfill every type of ministry role in the Church. I … More Searching for Mordecai: Gender and the Pulpit, Part 1
As we approach Independence Day, I’m torn by many competing narratives about America. I’m thankful for the security and freedoms we enjoy. I’m sobered by the suffering that many in our country have endured. I’m torn by the way that one’s picture of America differs greatly based on one’s skin color. You can see this in … More Patriotism: Do I Live in Israel or Egypt?
Admit you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus died for your sins. Confess Jesus as Lord. These are the “steps of salvation.” They are the “ABC’s” of becoming a Christian and finding forgiveness for sin in Jesus. Those of us who grew up as Christians know this acronym, or something like it, very well. We’ve … More Step 1: Admit you are a sinner
In some Christian environments it is sometimes a question whether or not women can carry full-time jobs. Few today would say that it is completely and always wrong for women to work. Few would say that only men can work and women must be homemakers. But it is, in some minds, not an ideal. In these contexts … More Should Christian Dads have Full Time Jobs?
(A belated Christmas post) When men are strangled to death, innocent officers are executed, children are murdered in school, disease ransacks entire societies, what are we to do? What is there to say? It seems that there is no peace on earth. No peace. Who is there to blame? I mean, really? Sure, in the … More There is no Peace on Earth
God is not a box of honey-nut cheerios. God does not invite the happy or the healthy to his meal. Christ came to those in need of a physician: The sick, the friendless, and the needy. God is most glorified when we are happy, delighted, at peace. I’ve heard a message of this sort many times. … More The God-Forsaken Table.
Voter turnout was exceptionally low this recent election. There are many explanations for this. But I think many have rightly noted a serious level of apathy among the voting populace, as probably the major contributor. From whence comes this apathy? I’m inclined to say a significant culprit is the current meaningless of political discourse. Our … More Egalitarians, Complementarians, and Other Things That Bore Me