God Works With Outsiders, Not the Lords of the Motorcade
John Boehner, before announcing his departure as speaker of the house, is said to have become uncharacteristically confessional to a Washington Post reporter, when describing his papal encounter. The speaker pointed to the very spot where the papal feet had trod and wondered, out loud, at the magnificent humility of Pope Francis (more…)
Leave Style Issues to Lindsay Graham, please.
We’re talking about the Leadership of the Free World
Okay, I didn’t catch it all, but I did watch the warm-up show with Petaki, Graham, Jindal and Santorum, 3PM Pacific on CNN. (The air time alone would make me feel like the only adult playing in the little league world series.) It was worth it just (more…)
When Baptist Academics Look Like Perfume Ladies..
I have high standards for Christians. I expect them to be able to think their way through the consequences of their actions, employing a Biblical world view. I expect a Christian college to be a kind of “city on a hill,” and that means, that when repugnant ideas are discussed, they are thoroughly trashed. If Bernie (more…)
I’m not sure why, but I’m conscious of failure lately: the big ministry dude you’ve been quoting for years as a kind of model, flies off to Jamaica with the church secretary; another pastor makes a judgment call you just can’t defend and when you express reservations, you suffer pitch-fork wounds and a good tarring from his followers; a two-decade marriage fails (more…)
In 1961, John Cheever wrote a hilarious, and sad, story called “The Chimera,” about a dutiful husband who made his wife breakfast in bed every morning. However well executed the meal, she had something to complain about. After setting down her breakfast one morning, she blurts out words to this effect,”how long must I put up with being served breakfast in bed (more…)
Content rule for happy, calm, metro-sexual marriage encounter discussions in church: Make sure you quote “Live with your wives in an understanding way” (1 Peter 3) at least 10 times for every “stop denying one another” (1 Cor 7) reference. This will keep church ladies of both genders from exploding.
Words You Might Not Hear in Church
A few ways to make peace in the pitched battle between the sexes..
A girl I dated in high school pointed out a guy across the room at a party one night and she said: “he’s prowling. He’s on the hunt. You can just tell. It’s gross.” (more…)