Firmly Stated Questions

The above video of poet Taylor Mali provides a bit of social commentary on an interesting social phenomenon: Certainty has become somewhat unhip. Perhaps this is a symptom of one generation’s subtle rejection of a particular kind of dogmatism that they saw growing up. Perhaps it’s a sign of a Read more…

Vaguely Christian Virtues

The “application” of a sermon has become essential for many Christians. And rightfully so in many ways. There’s definitely a problem when a speaker drones on about confusing doctrine that seems only important for a game of Trivial Pursuit. If that’s the situation, “application” becomes a cantine of life-giving water Read more…

On the Discussion of Hell

Several weeks ago the Christian community became quite stirred when a pastor named Rob Bell released the below video questioning whether Ghandi is in hell. Drama has swirled over the last several weeks in certain circles of evangelicalism. A number of pastors have spoken out against Bell as as unorthodox, Read more…

Zacchaeus Sermon

I always feel a bit strange posting links to my teachings/sermons.  It feels remarkably like self-promotion, which is the opposite of what a sermon should be doing.  The best sermons see the speaker fade—or vanish entirely—as Jesus becomes more and more visible through the text.  My prayer (yes, I really Read more…

Calendar Juxtaposition

Alright… the vocabulary word of the day: juxtapose. juxtapose |ˈjəkstəˌpōz| (v.) – to place or deal with close together for contrasting effect A juxtaposition, then, is a combination of two contrasting things for an effect.  Juxtapositions can be found endlessly in art, fashion, architecture, and literature—especially poetry and good stories. Read more…