Imagining Freedom

if the son has set you free, you are free indeed. Once freedom has been offered by God himself; once he has our attention, I expect Jesus to spell out, in 5 steps or less, what it might mean to live as a free man. If I’m lucky, maybe all the steps will rhyme, or…

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…

Ecstasy without Transformation

The other day I came across an article in a local newspaper from sometime in the summer, because, you know, I like to stay on top of things. The article was describing the best Christians in the city of Seattle, so naturally, I was looking for my own name. Hey, I’ve only been in town…

Stood Up By the Muse and Invited to Rest

Each December, it happens again. I find myself too weary to come up with the ideas and attention I need to summon up a coherent thought. When the time comes to pull up an empty document and have a good time, the muse stands me up. I suspect December has the same effect on most…

The Hard Work of Surrender

This morning I was reading about Zedekiah, king of Israel, who was at the helm during the siege fall of Jerusalem. I always thought that he must have been an evil man. After all, if you are in charge during the most traumatic event in biblical history, nobody is going to mistake you for a…

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…