Faith

A Relationship . . . AND a Religion

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Look, I get it. The Christian faith offers friendship,* partnership,* fellowship* and even kinship* with God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you grew up in church and heard this all your life it may be difficult to grasp how mind-bending this is.  But think about it: the Creator of the universe wants […]

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Family Inclusive, Part Two

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They are wiggling in the pew.  They’re grinning their sweet baby smiles at grownups across the aisle.  They are head-butting mom (ouch!) and irritating dad (shh!).  The whole church service takes place against a background of hisses that sound like a snake convention.  You want them in the pews but it’s sweet temporary relief when […]

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Family Inclusive . . . But How?

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There’s didn’t used to be a name for it; families just did it.  There was no children’s church or kid’s club–except for crying babies, who had their time out in the “cry room,” all ages sat through worship together.  I sat by my grandfather and begged cough drops and Juicy Fruit gum, studied the glossy […]

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Tabernacles in the Air

And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here!  If you wish, I will make three tents here, one or you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  Matt. 17:3-4 I’m the world’s most distractible pray-er.  This is […]

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Pharaoh's Heart: a Case Study

Ex. 3:19-20: “But I know that the King of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.  So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders I will do in it; after that he will let you go.” The subject came to our evaluation facility after […]

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Faith Like a Dollar General Knockoff

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She goes to church, loves her parents and Jesus, posts appreciative Instagrams about the latest homily she heard from the pulpit. She sings about Bad Romance, twerks onstage in skimpy outfits, performs anthems celebrating the LGBT spectrum and identifies as bisexual. To her fans, especially the religiously inclined, she’s an icon of “provocative faith.”  To […]

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Andrew Klavan was there, and it warmed his formerly-secular-Jewish heart.  If you’re not familiar with Andrew, he’s a novelist and screenwriter whose memoir, The Great Good Thing: a Secular Jew Comes to Christ is on my reading list . . . er . . . as soon as it goes down to $2.99 for the Kindle […]

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The Books of Ferguson

After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, blew the lid off race relations, three black men wrote books.  The first, published only a few months after Ferguson, was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Kudos to Mr. Coates for using the grammatically-correct pronoun in his title (“between the world and I” […]

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When NOT to "Pray about It"

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“I’ve prayed about it and I feel at peace.” Peace about what? “About filing for divorce.  No—he’s not abusive or neglectful; we just can’t agree about anything.  We fight all the time and the kids are picking up on the tension.  This isn’t what marriage is supposed to be about.  He’s not going to lift […]

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"Quite Contrary" Females

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World subscribers may have read my column in the Jan. 21 issue called “Quite Contrary” (I didn’t pick the title but it’s a good one).  Columns about male-female relationships, especially in marriage, always gets a large response.  None was greater than “Upside-Down Headship” last March, when some men accused me of beating up on husbands […]

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