Pancakes, Penitence,...

So, it’s Shrove Tuesday today. According to Wikipedia: The expression ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word shrive, meaning ‘confess’. … Many of these Christians, on Shrove Tuesday, make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what...

Retrospective Snobbery Feb24

Retrospective Snobbe...

For this weeks post I would like to take a couple of moments to coin a phrase. At least that was my intention before I preformed an extensive search of all available writing the world has ever known in order that I might claim this unique phrase as my own. (In other words I used quotation...

The Great Evangelica...

About a month ago, I wrote a post giving reasons why I believe Christians should be good storytellers. After I had shared it on my Facebook wall, one of my close friends commented, in a joking manner, that I should have written the article as a story.  While he was only making light of the...

It is not good for m...

Have you come across Time magazine’s recent ‘calculator’ which works out the (median) average age of your Facebook friends who are married? Time magazine diagnosed I am almost a year ‘overdue’ to be married. And, as you know, the internet never lies. I was not too surprised...

3 Reasons Why Christ...

I’ve recently found myself surrounded by stories – I’ve been reading them, telling them, listening to them, and living them.  It all started when I read East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I had heard that it was a good story, but I was entirely unprepared for its power.  I...

Access Holy-wood

I’ve recently been thinking about the Strange Fire Conference put on by John MacArthur, since there has been quite a big uproar about it on the blogosphere in Evangelical circles. John MacArthur, being a staunch cessationist (believing that sign gifts from the Holy Spirit were only part of...

Musings from the Bal...

“Your love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.”* I stood, watching a gym full of hundreds of college students, singing these words of praise and truth. Arms-raised, dancing, clapping, and shouting – I admired their passion. The pulsing drums, the rocking guitars,...

The Demands of Justi...

“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic.  Power at its best, power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands...

Ecclesia and Ethics Conference Jan29

Ecclesia and Ethics ...

Nothing gets me giddy like going to an academic conference. For those who are involved in the academic study of the bible/theology/religion like myself, the big event – “conference time” – takes place in mid-November with the annual meetings of ETS/IBR/SBL/AAR. It is always a...

Losing Our Religion Jan28

Losing Our Religion

On a recent visit to Reality San Francisco, I couldn’t help but feel that a large movement had begun throughout their community. Though there was over a thousand people in attendance, it was easy to feel the small community within the Mission District Middle School that Sunday morning....

Morality and the Gay Debate Oct05

Morality and the Gay...

Last week, Bryan wrote an article entitled, I’m (Kinda Sorta Yeah Not Really) Gay. As you might imagine, the post got a lot of attention: good, bad, and ugly. There were many who offered words of affirmation and encouragement, but along with these came comments with a totally different...