The Wonder of Dewy Fleece

This morning I read the story of Gideon and his fleece and, if I am being honest, this may have been the first time in my life I have taken more than a minute to think about what may be perhaps the most mundane story in the bible. The book of Judges is filled with…

Self-Pity, Pride, and a Gospel Word

I once had a friend at work who- how do I say this spiritually- provided many opportunities to cultivate patience in my soul. To those who are new to the faith, what that means is that he drove all of us bananas. In a job that requires constant communication and socialization, the guy whose mouth…

Early Birds and the Economy of God

Sometimes I think the hardest part of Christianity is letting God be God. I always think there is a better way, a painless way, an easy way. I can’t speak for you, I guess, but I am after a theology of glory rather than a theology of the cross. Or to put it more clearly,…

The Power of Another

Lately I’ve been hitting something of a wall in my writing. I kind of feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk, telling his family about his odd jobs. One way he had found to make money was to give blood, which worked out just fine until “I cut myself shaving and nothing came out but…

Seeking Justice For Our Own Injustices

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer Well, it happened again. The police swooped in and arrested a professor at one of the top Christian universities and he now awaits his trial on charges of the possession of child pornography. As many times as these…

He is Our Peace.

I’ll be honest today and say that I am spent. I have set out a few times this morning to write about peace, to tell you about the wholeness and “shalom” (to use a biblical word) that we focus in on this last week of Advent. At the end of it all, though, I think…