Note: I wrote this for publication before the NFL and its players were in the headlines. However, I feel that it’s especially timely now. Domestic violence is no respecter of age, economic status, race or educational achievement. Fortunately, the gospel applies just as universally. In situations where hope seems lost, where evil seems to be winning, […]Read more "How the Gospel Applies to Domestic Violence"
With the help of a neighbor who heard her scream, Amanda Berry escaped after ten years of captivity. In the house, police found chains and ropes that bound Berry and two other victims. The three women had been missing for years, held hostage by three brothers who raped and beat them repeatedly throughout their capture. Berry […]Read more "Dare to Care"
A big shout out to those of you who have enthusiastically asked, “What happened to your blog?” which I interpreted to mean “I’ve missed reading your blog posts. When will you write again?” Potato, potahto… My answer to that question has been some variety of the following two reasons: 1) I’m slacking, and 2) I […]Read more "The Gospel and Blogging"
Like many of you, I would have rather dismissed what’s been happening in Steubenville the past few months as an unfortunate headline from a small town of people I don’t know and carried on with my life. But I can’t. And after watching the 20/20 special on the case tonight, I won’t. Just because they are […]Read more "The Steubenville Rape Case and the Gospel"
First it was the bird. Then it was the white smoke. Finally, it was the white curtains on the balcony where the new Pope would soon emerge. People around the world watched and waited with eager anticipation. Why? What difference does white or black smoke make to a Protestant? I learned the news that […]Read more "A Protestant’s Thoughts on the New Pope"
(Note: this post was composed last fall, as you will discover from the verb tenses when you read.) After the first debate of the 2012 Presidential election, the primary topic of discussion among Americans (at least online) afterwards was Big Bird. This is not a political post, not in the sense that I will be […]Read more "The Gospel and Politics"
Sometimes Hollywood gets it right… even when they aren’t depicting a historic event like Argo, Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln. Sometimes they get it right without even realizing the spiritual depth they are reaching. John Q was nowhere near the caliber of an Academy Award nominated film. The story was driven more by a desire […]Read more "Denzel and The Gospel"
Gun control is the hot topic around the country right now. Apparently the Sandy Hook shooting was the straw that broke the camel’s back. As with every other issue in the nation, this one is divisive. I will likely tick off somebody. But if the goal is to apply the gospel to everyday happenings, this […]Read more "7 thoughts on gun control… and the gospel"