Sin, Spiders, and Sir Walter Scott

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott Marmion, Canto VI, XVII Deception. We see it everywhere, every day. Shady business deals. Corrupt political schemes. Little (and not-so-little) white lies. Facades, “fronts,” masks, that hide our true selves from others. Deception. We hate it. And yet, … More Sin, Spiders, and Sir Walter Scott

Smooth Like Jazz

I’m a classical music lover (and player), and I love the characteristics that mark each musical era: Baroque’s complex, mathematical rhythms… Classical’s melodic chordal progressions… Romanticism’s airy similarities… Expressionism’s harsh atonality…. and Minimalism’s abrupt vacancies. And I’ve often thought over the years how these classical music genres often mirror our own lives in its various phases and stages. Sometimes … More Smooth Like Jazz

Is it Safe?

Yesterday morning, I heard a farewell message from a lovely missionary family as they prepare to return to Zambia for a Bible translation project. During the message, they spoke of the many questions they are asked upon returning to the field: How long is the flight? Where do you live? Do you have electricity? These are … More Is it Safe?

Viewing Christianity as a Relationship is Dangerous. Here’s Why.

We’ve all heard the catchphrases: Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship. We wear t-shirts with the moniker, “Not religion. Relationship!” We sing songs glorifying the relational aspect of Christianity. We preach sermons on the relationship aspects of God. We emphasize social ministry, imitating God’s own relationship with humanity. And, as in most good-things-gone-bad, there … More Viewing Christianity as a Relationship is Dangerous. Here’s Why.