Tag: The Church

  • Dark Knight Rises and The Myth of Redemptive Violence

    Dark Knight Rises and The Myth of Redemptive Violence

    *** SPOILER ALERT **** There be spoilers below. If ya don’t want ’em, don’t read it. Still, I whited out as many spoilers as I could. Select the invisible text to see the missing words. Dark Knight Rises was pretty epic, as movies go. I left the theater with dozens of thoughts tumbling around my…

  • Be Better.

    As a culture, Americans aren’t very nice to ourselves. We have a million self-improvement classes, we go to school to get grades, and we measure our value by the numbers on our paycheck and 401k, the words that are or are not in front of and behind our names (PhD, President, etc). We judge ourselves…

  • Me vs Them

    I hate “Us vs Them” Christians. You know the type: Every other denomination is going to hell in a handbasket, and they have a handle on the truth, and if only somebody would listen to them, the world would be a much better place. They go to small churches and have small minds and occupy…

  • Preach

    I learned during my very formative years that the world was largely filled with people who were going to hell because they didn’t believe in Jesus. I also learned that my primary job as a Christian is to get other people to believe in Jesus so they will go to heaven and not go to…

  • To Save a Life Review

    To Save A Life didn’t suck. That surprised me a lot. An awful lot. They took the usual Christian movie route but dodged all the potholes. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I think we’re heading in the right direction. Finally. On the other hand, it cost twice what Fireproof cost and made 1/11th as much money…

  • Communion

    Lord, search me through and through See the sin i hide from me and You And make it clean; cleanse my heart. Clean this house, the smaller idols and the bigger ones. Medicine bites, wound cleaning stings With hesitation, fearfully i request that You remove the splinters of sin from this heart You first made…

  • Reflections on the Holocaust

    Not for the weak of stomach. Exit while you can. Written on a sheet of notebook paper and transcribed. I’m sitting outside of chapel, They’re doing praise and worship inside, and I can’t go in. Not yet. We just watched a holocaust video. For the first time, I cried over it. The inhumanity. This must…

  • Instructions for Living in the Empire

    There are a few “fringe theologians” who disavow friendship with the United States of America. Some, like Shane Claiborne, refer to the USA as “Empire” and disavow it, trying to live “off the grid,” away from the realm of America. The idea that the church is this Kingdom of God that will never be destroyed…