I read recently of a young man who was feverishly committed to a football team. He watched every game. His closet was full of team apparel. The boy had memorized the name and number of the entire roster, but his hero was the star wide receiver. You can imagine the unbridled exuberance he felt when … More The DNA of Disappointment
THE BEAUTY OF SMALL TOWN CHRISTIANITY Everything about small town living is characterized by familiarity. A quick trip to the grocery store is certain to involve multiple conversations with friends and neighbors. Social, school, and church schedules are structured around the well-worn traditions of hunting, the town’s big 4th of July celebration, Missoula Children’s Theater, … More Jesus and Your Small Town Drama
THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT! We’ve probably all been on both sides of situations involving accidental offense. A person makes a comment with a specific idea in mind. But the comment is received in a different and more offensive manner than was intended by the speaker. A few such (possibly true) examples from online forums: … More Anthem Protests and Determining Meaning
News Sparking the Conversations One month ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, violence broke out when a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd, resulting in one death and 19 injuries. This sparked a nationwide discussion about racism, hate crimes, and the responsibilities of those in positions of influence to address these issues. Within the church, … More Racism and Homosexuality
A Troubling New Idea (that wasn’t actually troubling or new) In 2008, I was introduced to a theological system referred to as Calvinism – a doctrinal system suggesting that God purposes to save certain chosen people. I was deeply offended by this and concerned, because my parents’ new church was advocating its teachings like election … More John Calvin Helped Me Make A Friend
Why Can’t We be Friends? Old-school, fundamentalist Christians and avant-garde, progressive atheists don’t have much in common. These two groups tend to have divergent opinions on topics ranging from marriage to marijuana to metaphysics. But I’ve noticed one area of common ground – a lack of meaningful friendships between men and women. But why are … More Men, Befriend Women (and vice versa)!
Fractures are everywhere. In the discarded shells of the eggs you had for breakfast. In the cement floor of your hardware store. In the X-rays that were taken after you fell off the monkey bars. In the earth itself near the epicenter of a quake. In your windshield after a pebble strikes. There are cracks … More Fractured Friendship