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  • How I First Met My Make Believe Atheist Friend September 24, 2021
    Notification came this week that my novel, Our Town Atheist, will finally release in paperback. The e-book hit the market nearly a year ago, and more than a few people have asked me when the old-school, flip-the-pages edition would be available. Here's the answer: October 15th!  You can pre-order on Amazon: the way, Our Town Atheist […]
  • The Far-Reaching Gospel May 28, 2021
     Gospel blog #8Nearly four hundred years ago, a movement within the Christian community engineered the future of the church by stressing field preaching, aiming to draw in young people, the writing of innovative hymns, taking those hymns outside the church, and meeting together in small groups. The fields have become streets, and street preachers are […]
  • The Selfless Gospel May 7, 2021
     And my selfish pursuit of survival.Gospel blog #7Here’s what I needed: To be rescued from among the fallen, reconciled with God, restored to a condition worthy of eternity in Heaven, and redeemed from unavoidable death.So I turned to Christ to rescue, reconcile, restore, and redeem me. I needed it. I wanted to possess it. And […]
  • The Intolerant Gospel April 23, 2021
     Gospel blog #6Tolerance, subjective thinking, and PhariseesMuch is expected of us, even demanded, regarding the virtue of tolerance. At its essence, it is an honorable mindset—accepting of others and kind in speech and action. In its expression, it has evoked a cultural shift into something less generous. The finger of the enlightened often points at […]
  • The Lavish Gospel April 9, 2021
     Simply put, it's more than you can imagine.Gospel blog #5Last time I wrote about The Minimalist Gospel. Not that there is any such thing. I only used the classification to describe a customized pseudo-Gospel, one filling a need in a person’s life. But not breathing life into a person’s need.I suggested a minimalist Gospel doesn’t require […]
  • The Command of the Gospel March 26, 2021
     Gospel blog post #3What choice do I have?A verse well-known and repeated often by Christians is Romans 6:23:For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Taking this to heart, we might conclude it’s all about the gift. And accepting the gift is all […]
  • The Minimalist Gospel March 26, 2021
    Gospel blog post #4It doesn't mean giving up everything.She came to church to get things in order. She has cleaned up her life. Stopped dating men she met at bars. Got her kids enrolled in the church’s summer camp. Cleaned out her closets. Tossed a few outfits she should never have bought. And some books […]
  • The Wavering Severity of the Gospel February 26, 2021
    GOSPEL BLOG POST #2 A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the Actual Gospel, and I mentioned a statement I’d heard that we Christians can be rough on people concerning their utter sinfulness. Maybe, this person said, the preacher’s too hard on the congregation with his constant sin bashing. The long-time believer surprised me when […]
  • Nothing to Offer but... February 12, 2021
    I haven't blogged much of late. I stated the reason why in a post last November. Here is my conclusion, then and now: I Corinthians 2:2 – I decided to know nothing among you except Christ, and Him crucified. I won't go on about political sinkholes, plagues, pestilence, wars—either foreign or domestic, famine, economic resets, or any […]
  • Christmas-2020-Prayer December 18, 2020
     Father, it’s Christmas again. As always, it will visit us and then fade quickly away. Only this year it arrives more welcome. Warm and inviting. Soothing as a gold and magenta sunset that follows a day of bitter rain. Familiar as home after a dreadful trek in an untried land. After a year proving fierce […]
  • The Green Zone, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the Dark Winter November 20, 2020
     From the CDC website: (The Green Zone) Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings From the World Economic Forum The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond From Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: Dark Winter (Operation Dark Winter 2001)   These are […]
  • The Crutch of Religion, and What We Really Want September 18, 2020
    Anyone landing on this blog can surmise that I’m a Christian. Well, I hope they can. I don't try to hide it. But if you’re not of that persuasion, truth is, my faith is no more real than yours. Even if religion is not for you, we are no different. I believe in something. You […]
  • A Moment in History for the Church August 7, 2020
    Everybody has their idea about what it means to live the new normal. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for most of us to adapt to a new way of getting through the day. For most Christians, the compulsory changes to our society have become more urgent than our traditional customs. In a way, that’s okay. […]
  • I'd Like to Tell You Jesus is Coming Soon, but... June 19, 2020
    Perhaps within every generation of Christians, at least some are imbued with an expectancy that the return of Christ could be imminent. The hope did not die with the earliest believers, but was passed down through the teaching of scriptures, and the pondering of anxious saints. Today, some understand the future event one way, while others find […]
    Stay at home. If you have to go out, follow social distancing guidelines. Don’t visit your extended family or friends. Don’t go to a restaurant. Don’t get your hair cut. Don’t walk in the park. Don't go to the bar. Don’t go to church? That one matters to some of us. No matter how COVID-19 […]
  • Teach Me How to Pray April 3, 2020
    Years ago, a ten-year-old girl, a schoolmate of my daughter, stood on our front porch. I don’t remember the conversation entirely, only a moment. The setting sun. A warm breeze. The little girl’s long brown hair. She reached up to touch the white wooden post. And she said, “I don’t pray. I believe in letting […]
  • The Art of Crying Holy February 28, 2020
    I’m not an emotional Christian. While there are a few songs that might bring me to tears in a worship service, I’d rather experience such intimacy in a private moment. When I observe a friend—in the terminology of modern Christianese—getting her worship on, I consider she must be more spiritual than me, more attuned to […]
  • The Promises of Democracy January 17, 2020
    I ran this piece four years ago as the last election came to view. It’s just as relevant today. The strategies of the current candidates are just as twisted. The words of MLK are just as promising. The coming of our Lord is that much closer.A true leader brings great hope to a nation.Every valley […]
  • National Narcissism November 29, 2019
    This post concludes my series, “Another Civil War in America?” I’ve gotten a few nasty remarks on the previous posts. Thank God, we are still a nation where opinions can be shared openly. This series leaves many issues unaddressed. I offer no solutions for a nation that is, perhaps, on the brink of anarchy. I […]
  • Part IV: Theophobia: America Has Turned on Religion November 15, 2019
    This is part IV of my series. To read previous posts, click on these titles:Introduction: Another Civil War in America? Part I: Racism: The Church, the Media, and the New Definition of Racist Part II: Abortion: A Once Private Decision That Became a Celebrated National DemandPart III: Potusphobia: Fear, Hate, and the President  A few recent articles. Click on the titles read:Does […]
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