Why the “generation of promise” may not be JUST 25 and under

I work part of the time in a college environment and we have a growing number of young adults in our church. I have three young adult sons. I can actually remember the “fire in my belly” coming out of college. (My memory isn’t completely gone.) So, it’s natural to hear about motivating the generationContinue reading “Why the “generation of promise” may not be JUST 25 and under”

The Radical Love of Christ

1 Corinthians 13. I usually avoid this chapter because it was so abused at weddings over the years. Coming back to this chapter as an “ancient well” in my spiritual reading is always the toughest passage to visit. But it is so needed. Especially in the Body of Christ. Especially in this day. The CorinthiansContinue reading “The Radical Love of Christ”

“Spiritual”… Not “Religious”

For those making that claim, my contention is that the best way to be “spiritual” is to understand where real spirituality is found. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseContinue reading ““Spiritual”… Not “Religious””

The Rage Against Religion While Thinking You Are Spiritual

David Brooks is one of my favorite columnists. He hits it out of the ballpark again on THIS COLUMN. He took the viral video of the guy raging against religion and got into the why, and then the results of the video. Challenged with the exact words of the video, the young man actually realizedContinue reading “The Rage Against Religion While Thinking You Are Spiritual”

Quote of the Day

This was from my reading this morning in Common Prayer: When I fed the poor they called me a saint. When I asked why they were poor, they called me a Communist.” (Dom Helder Camara; 1909-199) And in other news, I am sure this was a quote but we’ll never know: In last night’s halftimeContinue reading “Quote of the Day”


This column in Christianity Today is thought-provoking. Are you “religious” or “spiritual”? Careful how you answer! The word religion comes from the Latin religare (re: “back,” and ligare: “to bind”), so the term is associated with being bound. In that sense, defining oneself as “spiritual, not religious” couldn’t be more apt, reflecting a desire toContinue reading “Religious”

Sexual Sin and Our Response

This is a great post by George P Wood. It’s worth discussing. In my experience, modern Christians tend toward the extremes of intolerance and tolerance. On the one hand, some Christians elevate sexual sins above other sins. On the other hand, other Christians turn a blind eye toward porneia, except when it involves child sexualContinue reading “Sexual Sin and Our Response”

Popularity of Mysticism

Who woulda thunk it? This Ross Douthat column in the New York Times reflects on the popularity of so many mystical practices, but it has its downside. We are dabbling in so many things, we are diving into nothing. We are not fully entering into ANY of the practices, so we might think we areContinue reading “Popularity of Mysticism”