Apples

An Army, not an Audience

If your faith isn’t directing you to plant vineyards and guard them with the sword, it might not be faith at all.

If you’ve ever nurtured an apple crop through to harvest, enduring heat waves and hail storms and coddling moth infestations and property taxes, only to see a family in a brand new SUV stealing apples during a (more…)

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America, the Beautiful

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

The Pledge of Allegiance and Standing for the National Anthem are necessary and wholesome public rituals. We celebrate the house that shelters us, even as we strive to repair and restore it.

Gold_rush2016(113of121)I live in a very beautiful place, with a fair amount of history attached to it, so when I had (more…)

Personally Holy & Wholly Ineffective

This November, for some Christians, personal holiness will dictate a protest vote against Donald Trump. Is this really conscience, or something darker?
Russell Moore, Super Holy Man

Russell Moore, Super Holy Man

Over my years as a believer, I’ve seen personal holiness measured in strange ways. One Sunday morning, (more…)

Stop Twitching, NeverTrumpers

Clinical Comfort for Erick Erickson and others suffering from Trump Averse Syndrome

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Trump-Averse syndrome has many incarnations, but for a few pundits, the behavior calls to mind the hilarious apoplexy of Herbert Lom’s Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther. Upon hearing a positive Donald headline, the Trump-averse coffee-spewer will (more…)

This Fall, Jesus is a Republican

“Hey, can I get some help with the groceries?”
“Love to, but I’m a citizen of heaven.  I’m not really even here.”

 

the_bad_shepherdLet’s just take a look, folks, at a few of our problems, here on this earthly plane — as we’re working out our Citizen of Heaven obligations.

Last night, and the night before, the (more…)