Christian Life, Family, and Technology

In Praise of Naked, Fat Guys (Sort Of, Not Really)

The man waddles over to hand dryer, punches the button, and runs a black comb through his grey hair while the hot air pours over his body. He is short and round. Were he wearing a pin-striped suit, he could pass as some sort of mafia don. But he isn’t wearing anything. And there he…

The Uninhabitable Terror of Christmas

I have always found this short Christmas reflection/parable from the late Frederick Buechner so arresting that, despite me disagreeing with much of what he writes elsewhere, I can’t help but love this: The lovely old carols played and replayed till their effect is like a dentist’s drill or a jackhammer, the bathetic banalities of the pulpit and the…

Bacchus Baptized: How Can Christians Drink Wisely?

In a portion of C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, Aslan awakens the Ancient Greek god of wine and feasting, Bacchus (Dionysius, to the Romans). There is a great romp and feast of the finest grapes, leaving all with “sticky and stained fingers…and, though mouths were full, the laughter never ceased.” After all are satiated and satisfied, Susan turns to her…

The Deadly Danger of Drunkenness

As those who bear God’s name, who are filled with the Spirit, drunkenness should never be something we make peace with or make light of. We want to rightly enjoy God’s good gifts, feasting and celebrating with what Calvin called an “honest and moderate liberality.” But drunkenness perverts God’s good gift into debauchery, danger, and destruction.

The Blessing of Wine

While recently reflecting on George Herbert’s poem, The Agony, I was reminded of an excellent sermon my former pastor, Ryan Fullerton, preached from the book of Proverbs on a Biblical perspective on alcohol. In the sermon, Ryan looked at how the Bible describes alcohol both as a good and dangerous gift from God.  Here, I want to briefly summarize…

Bilbo’s Bravery and Christian Courage

In my sermon from two weeks ago, I reminded our church of the critical role courage plays in the Christian life. We currently live in a culture of “safetyism” that promotes safety as the highest good, and risk/danger as an unequivocal evil. I was reminded of the wonderful character transformation of Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Bilbo is a typical…

Love Your Neighbor, Politically

But the greatest hope, of course, comes by holding forward the gospel and praying for God to transform hearts so that enemies become brothers, sinners become saints, and the heart is transformed by the Holy Spirit, not merely restrained by the sword of the State.

The Public Square of Worship

Religion is not a compartment that can be hermetically sealed off from the rest of life. It isn’t a room in the house of your life, it is the foundation the entire home is built on. 

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