The Weeping and Wholeness of the God-Man

Are you ready for a little theological discussion? I hope you are. Since I have the pen, I suppose it is up to me to get this ball rolling. Ok. I’ll give you a topic: total depravity. Discuss. What is total depravity? It is that warmest and fuzziest of all theological doctrines that says, as…

Jesus, God-Man and Donkey-Rider

When my brother and I were in high school we had the opportunity to drive my dad’s sweet Ford Bronco II. It may have had a few hundred thousand miles on it but that thing was sweet for a couple of sixteen-year olds who lived in the country. You can imagine our pride on the…

Jesus- Man, Freedom Fighter and God For Us

Who can’t love a freedom fighter? I mean, seriously, it is almost irrelevant to us how the freedom fighter achieves his ends, we just love to see somebody fighting to the end for the liberty of captives. We love Gandhi because of his “passive resistance” strategies (Bonhoeffer, in particular, loved the writings of Gandhi and…

Jesus, the Humble God

If I have learned one thing about waiting tables it is that the real high rollers feel no need to prove anything. They relax and expect to get what they pay for out of the meal.   I was working at an upstart fancy restaurant in an “old money” part of town. For my fellow…

Jesus, the Happy Man

As many times as I have looked for it, melancholy, self-pity, moping and complaining just do not seem to be a part of Jesus’ game. Sure, he weeps with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. And he sweat drops of blood in the garden at the Mount of Olives before his arrest, too.  Jesus was…