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…

The Words We Hear Too Much & Not Enough

(Jesus) has been manifested in a human body for this reason only, out of the love and goodness of his Father, for the salvation of us men.         –St. Athanasius I wonder how many doses of the same medicine it takes to become totally immune to it. Those of us who deal…

Out of Egypt I called my Son: So What?

I don’t know about you but I am terrible with details. I mean absolutely awful. I am totally that guy who sings along to my favorite band and doesn’t know all the words. You would think that with all my love for writing, I would know lyrics of the bands that serve as a soundtrack…

Jesus, the Proof that God is For Us

This man whom I am, Jesus has also been. Of him only it is valid to say that nothing human was alien to him. Of this man, we say: “This is God for us.” –Bonhoeffer I work with a guy who is bitter. When I say bitter, you should know that I have fairly high…

Jesus, The God-Man For Us

It really is weird to think about God walking around on earth.   The Roman Caesars assumed that they were divine. The Egyptians kings- the Pharaohs, I hear, pretty much figured the same thing. If you think about King Tut’s palace or Mel Brooks’ great philosophical statement “It’s good to be the king,” it would…

God was one of us.

In a decision that will no doubt shock you beyond your reasoning capacity, I thought it would be a good idea to start out the larger conversation of the Manhood of God with a little ditty from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Enjoy: The quest for the superman, the endeavor to outgrow the man within the man, the…

The Life of the God Who is for us

Over the next few weeks, months, or whatever this becomes, let’s sit down and think about the life of Jesus, at least one blog post at a time. I think there are some pretty compelling reasons why it would be worth our while. We’ll be talking about Jesus and the bible…so… We don’t talk about…