Theology

An Advent Poem

Yesterday I was browsing through Christmas poems, and I came across this gem. If you aren’t familiar with George MacDonald—the late 19th century Scottish pastor/novelist/poet—you really should get to know him. (If you’ve read the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, MacDonald is actually Lewis’ guide through heaven.) In the midst Read more…

Theology

It’s Not Enough

Dustin Kensrue is one of my favorite artists. Formerly the lead singer of a band called Thrice, he’s actually now the worship director at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He’s only released a couple of albums as a solo artist, but he has a new album coming out in a Read more…

Culture

Guns and Plowshares

Debate has begun raging over government restriction of firearms. I don’t watch the news very much (any more) but every few days I’ll hear someone talk about guns—often about the President and his developing policies. I’m not an “expert” on the U.S. constitution, on states’ rights, on gun statistics or Read more…

Theology

Poem of Repentance

The Apologist’s Evening Prayer by C.S. Lewis From all my lame defeats and oh! much more From all the victories that I seemed to score; From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; From all my proofs of Thy divinity, Thou, who wouldst Read more…

Theology

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…

Theology

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…

Theology

Wild and Wasted Virtues

“The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. “When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, Read more…