Two ostensibly unrelated items on the religious news landscape caught my eye this week. On closer inspection however I think they are intimate dissections into the dysfunction of American evangelicism and into the dysfunction of my own warped soul. First, Texas Senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz stormed off the stage after […]Read more "Hubris or Holiness? Can Evangelicals Tell The Difference?"
The following is a sermon delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his congregation in Montgomery, Alabama on November 4,1956. He imagines receiving an epistle from the Apostle Paul addressed to American Christians. It is utterly fascinating. Enjoy. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the […]Read more "Paul’s Letter to the American Church"
Throughout the spring I’ve plodding through The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus, a 7th Century monastic leader of the Eastern Church. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I simply trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Though its not accurate to say the book has been ignored in the West, […]Read more "Unexpected Springs from the Desert"
But what does porn have to do with America? With the well being of society? Usually those opposed to pornography, even the most strident fundamentalists, often answer, “Nothing.” We see porn use as a private issue that at worst will embarrass the user if exposed. But in the big picture it’s shrugged at as mostly a harmless […]Read more "Do Your Part for America, Turn Off the Porn"
I thought I might share a research project I put together during my seminary days. It will take a quite a few parts. Enjoy. Racism lingers more subtly than perhaps any of humanity’s stubborn pathologies. It is certainly true vicious racial hatred is a hallmark of American and Southern Baptist history. However, the sin of […]Read more "Native of the Land? Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 1"
I love the Southern Baptist Convention. I do. For all of her pathologies and well-deserved criticisms she remains a body of churches unflinchingly and unapologetically committed to spiritual rebirth in Christ. It was in an SBC church where I heard the saving grace of Christ preached again and again as a boy, where despite my […]Read more "Southern or Baptist? The SBC and the Future"
It’s time to wrap up this subject. I’m tired of writing about it and you are tired of reading about it. But before we move on, I want to spend a moment reflecting on what I appreciate about the modern day iteration of the ancient Western Church, i.e. Roman Catholicism. I thought it only appropriate […]Read more "Repost of “Roman Catholicism – An Appreciation” by Michael Spencer"