To Christians On Primary Identity

How I define myself is a good indicator of what I'm worshiping. How do I define myself in those first few moments of the morning, right after the alarm and before the coffee? How do I think of myself during the day? How do I classify myself in opposition to the people I quarrel with... Continue Reading →

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60 Seconds of Gospel

The question before every human being isn't, "Am I good?" It's "What do I do with the evil and ugliness in my heart?" You have great evil, monstrous and awful thoughts and deeds, burrowing in your mind and in your behaviors. I do, too. Something must be done with them. Sin brings death, and I... Continue Reading →

Bound By Love

The closest thing in the world to free will is a man loving what he loves. Generally when people talk or write or think about free will, I think the implication is that there is an action with no cause except the will itself. I didn't stand up because someone pulled a string in my... Continue Reading →

A 60 Second Warning About Snark

It's been my experience that snark deadens the soul. Sarcasm has a way of numbing the senses. It puts an opaque sheen of disbelief over any sentiment, any true human feeling, eventually any experience. Snark is so cynical, in its extreme forms, anyway, that it looks through everything, so that in the end there's nothing... Continue Reading →

Porn is a Liar

Porn twists sex into something ugly. By the very acts it depicts it says that sex requires no promise, no covenant, and no self-sacrificial love. Porn is not a joke. It is not normal. It is not healthy. It is deadly serious, aberrant, and toxic. It tries to make something that is beautiful, beautiful in... Continue Reading →

Preparing for Pain

No one in this life is beyond the the possibility of deep sin or crisis or crippling despair. No one is beyond the reach of life simply falling apart. Which is another way of saying that no one is beyond needing Jesus. I read a 1994 Washington Post story about a normal family man who... Continue Reading →

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