I’m finally getting around to reading Puritans at Play by Bruce C. Daniels. It’s been in my library for a decade or more, and right from the start it speaks to a concept I’ve struggled with, in one way or another, my entire life. The New England Reverend Benjamin Colman called it “Sober Mirth” —..
A lot of folks don’t fight, because nothing excites them. Jesus could marvel at a lily, or a sparrow, or the innocence of a child. He could turn water into wine. He could weep at the death of a friend, because life was so bitterly beautiful its loss even touched Him. He could describe a..
Some of you might need a drink… When a celebrity couple splits up, or their lives go awry in some spectacular way, we aren’t surprised. Very few of those folks espouse any moral sense about divorce, or any reverence for building an inter-generational clan; they are just brownian particles floating on to the next coupling…
Red Blooded Christianity Why Ted Nugent is a Better Missionary than Rick Warren I’ve been writing about sex and wine a lot, and it’s not just because I love the stuff; it’s because God does too, and he’s looking for real men and women who actually want “life,” and to “have it more abundantly.” I..
Believe it or not, the older I get, the more tender I feel about young and/or weak believers, all full of zeal for God. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to let gross legalisms go uncontested, and when you get in that contest, it usually goes something like this: “This nation needs more..
“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: ‘We played the flute for you,And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’ Matthew 11:16-17 I have a street-preacher friend who is a tad dispensationalist, a..
Turn the creation story on its head for a moment: Picture a starving Adam, and an emaciated Eve, our first parents, given a stunning garden and just one rule: don’t eat from that tree over there, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve, counter to the actual record, not only..