Has the church's search for relevance in the modern era, subjected it to assimilation by the very culture it seeks relevance in? Something Shiny Caught My Eye A story is recounted in Christianity Today, where a young pastor asked the late Eugene Peterson, what he could do to make his preaching more relevant (this during … Continue reading Why Pandering After Relevance is Wrong for the Church
We must imitate Christ's life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ. : Thomas a Kempis, "The Imitation of Christ" 1471 In a post-Christian … Continue reading Is Monasticism The Answer To Maintaining Purity of Faith In A Post-Christian America?
I recall, with a great sense of remorse, a time in church with my teenage daughter, when she arrived to service wearing "flip-flops". That's right - "flip-flops"! What was she thinking? Didn't she know by now, that flip-flops were not appropriate attire in the "House of God"? Didn't she know how that might make me … Continue reading Tyranny of the Irrelevant
As one who is imperfect, I would like to share three lessons I've learned from a life of imperfection. Always be full of grace to others who, like you and me, are less than perfect. This is a lesson that has taken me a lifetime of ups and downs to internalize. Acknowledging that there is … Continue reading Three Lessons on Life and Faith
One of my all-time pet peeves is trying to find the match for a single sock. I think it would be easier for all of us if socks came in just one color and one design, but of course that is not who we are as a people, is it? In fact, the fashion trend now … Continue reading Don’t Waste Your Life Matching Socks