Torture and the Culture of Pragmatism Dec18

Torture and the Culture of Pragmatism

A couple of weeks ago a US senate committee released a report confirming what has already been old news for a while: the CIA tortured terrorist suspects in its (on-going) attempt to win the “war on terror” and protect American lives from terrorist attacks. On this side of the pond, at least, the news of that report has already moved off of the front page. It only took a couple of days for the Christmas portraits of Prince George to bump it off the BBC’s list of headlines. The fact that the CIA tortured prisoners is already drifting off the radar. Maybe it was because it was already old news and maybe it was because everyone...

Don’t Kill the Baby Jesus Dec12

Don’t Kill the...

My uncle is a pastor. A few years ago, on Christmas day after sharing an enormous meal and opening all our presents, I asked him what he had thought of our Christmas service.  His reply stuck with me.  “It was good, other than the fact that they crucified the baby Jesus. You...

There Are Some Things I Just Can’t Tell You About Dec05

There Are Some Thing...

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Ferguson, Racism, and Advent Nov28

Ferguson, Racism, an...

I feel very unqualified to even write on Ferguson and racism and yet I think to remain silent would be even worse. As I wrote in an earlier post, I do not have the best track record when it comes to awareness about issues of race and privilege. And in that blog, I noted that I wanted to...

What Are We Singing? Nov14

What Are We Singing?

A few days ago while driving, I was listening to a few hymns I hadn’t listened to in quite some time.  I was singing along to the songs, trying to remember which words went with which verse.  My mind was drifting and I wasn’t really thinking about the music until I heard myself...

The Religion of the ...

“Big cosmology has become our secular religion, a church even atheists can join.” – Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine I cannot stop thinking about Interstellar. In the interest of full-disclosure, my husband and I named our son Nolan (after the film’s director, Christopher Nolan),...

Bible Translation vs...

Last week, First Things magazine published an article on how the Evangelical doctrine of ‘sola scriptura’ is often misunderstood in response to the a survey published in Christian Today about many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views which have been condemned by the...

Brittany Maynard: A ...

A few weeks ago my wife alerted me to the plight of Brittany Maynard. As a millennial who has a fairly strong disdain for technology and news media, I was proud that it took so long to discover the cultural flashpoint that this woman’s life had become. My wife further pointed me to a blog...

Giant Faith Nov04

Giant Faith

As most of you already know, the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. And as most of you probably know, that fact makes me very happy. This postseason run was incredible, and I’d say this year’s victory was the sweetest of the past three (#Dynasty). The series was incredible!...

Some thoughts on the Mars Hill Controversy Nov03

Some thoughts on the...

It was announced the other day that, on top of everything else surrounding the Mark Driscoll controversy of the past few years, Mars Hill church is now going to disband. The Mars Hill website stated their plans with the following four points: “(1) All of Mars Hill’s existing church...

Halloween and the Christian Oct31

Halloween and the Ch...

Today is Halloween, the day in which spirits haunt their forgotten remains, men howl at the moon, and millions of children do whatever they can to eat as much candy as possible before their parents take it from them.  In the last few years, I’ve heard arguments from numerous people as...