Category Archives: american churchianity
Only in the past 5-10 years have I come to an awareness of the gnostic dualism that permeated all of the different stripes of evangelicalism that I grow up in – from the revivalist Beachy-Amish strain to the contemporary, liberalized Mennonite … Continue reading
Going the second mile for liberals, gays, Muslims, atheists, gun-haters, feminists, animal rightists etc.
I love the circles of mainly christian/evangelical, middle to upper middle class friends, family, work and acquaintances in which God has placed me. These spheres have multiple up-sides. Familiarity, less relational stress, religious/spiritual rapport and encouragement are just a few. But there’s a downside… Especially vexing at … Continue reading
I remember many years ago listening to Focus on the Family and a discussion of the 12 steps to intimacy. I’ve wondered about this process as it relates to the Church and its relationship with her suitor, Jesus Christ. Can … Continue reading
Recently I listened to this episode of Fresh Air concerning the Vietnam War. I was thunderstruck again with the related thought that some of the convictions held by hippies and other radicals were more righteous and godly than what many claiming … Continue reading
When a human institution mixes obvious failings with good intentions and misses the mark of God’s ideal; do we call down the fire of His wrath or do we bless them for the little bit they might get right? Must … Continue reading
“We want our own thing. We crave the experiences we define as essential. We want them in the form and fashion that we denote as “high quality,” when and where we want them. I’ve observed that this is not only … Continue reading