Hidden Treasures, Valuable Pearls, and Random Fish

The kingdom of heaven is like a guy who stumbles onto hidden treasure. Wait–no–the kingdom of heaven is like a guy who is searching for a valuable pearl and finally finds it. Wait–hold on–the kingdom of heaven is really like a gigantic net that catches all kinds of fish that need to then be sorted…

Jesus and Chaos Theory

I used to spend my lunch breaks drinking coffee with a friend who was into all things conspiracy. I’ll never forget the time we saw a van parked across the street from us and he almost jumped out of his seat, “That Dodge Caravan has police lights!” I felt like his revelation was too perceptive…

The Wheat and the Weeds

It is our practice now, at least in the large cities, to find from our psychiatric priesthood that our sins aren’t really sins at all but accidents that are set in motion by forces beyond our control.  -John Steinbeck It is completely out of fashion these days to take Jesus seriously on what he says…

Master, Why Do You Speak in Parables?

Does it seem cruel, or at the very least curious, that Jesus interacts with seekers by telling them riddles? Honestly, is it strange to you that Jesus seems to go out of his way to preach to his own choir? Imagine you are invited to a speech by Bill Gates on the great usefulness of…

A Kingdom Disclaimer

I love to listen to baseball on the radio. I love that my imagination can re-create the scenes of curveballs and doubles into the gap, while at the same tine preserving just enough mental space to carry on a conversation of my own. The radio allows a personal interaction with the broadcaster that television can…

The Coalescence of Heaven and Earth

My wife and I have an impressive and growing collection of books in our little house. Some of them are even leather bound, which, it ought to go without saying, makes each of us a pretty big deal. The mere fact that I have doubled my book collection in taking a wife has to be…