The title says it all. Here they are in no particular order with no particular rhyme or reason (all of tweetable length). No matter what the topic, there is a Christian way of thinking. When we forget this, or more commonly never learn it to begin with, we mess up politics, theology, and so many … Continue reading "Caleb’s Rules of Theological Debate"
Here’s something worth keeping in mind from Russell Moore’s new book, Onward: The next Billy Graham might be drunk right now. That’s a sentence I remind myself of almost every day, every time I feel myself growing discouraged about the future…That’s what the elderly theologian taught me, as I stood there and wrung my hands over … Continue reading "A Quick Thought from Russell Moore: Something to Remember about People"
(Before I say anything, I just want to point that I would never actually condone hating anyone, Donald Trump included, even usually in jest. But it was the best title idea I had.) I believe that Donald Trump is an awful person, doesn’t know what he would really be doing in the White House, and has … Continue reading "Love the Trumpers, Hate the Trump"
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” … Continue reading "Will We Apply “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself” to Our Wallets?"
Unity. This word frequently presses on my mind in relation to the Church. There appears to be little unity these days. We’ve splintered into thousands of denominations. Even the large denominations and groups are internally divided in many ways. Churches split from churches for stupid reasons. Churches fall apart because of horrible, divisive people. So many groups make their distinctives … Continue reading "Jesus Prayed, “May They Be One as We Are One” (My Growing Passion for Church Unity)"
Ashley and I always feel compelled by the reality of the world and the grace of the Gospel to give. We simply don’t see a way out. Scripture teaches generosity, and not only that. It also teaches care for those in need, justice for those oppressed, and mercy to those suffering. All of these causes can be advanced through … Continue reading "Going out to Eat for Pure Religion"
Work hard, make money, live the American Dream. Sound good? That’s the normal philosophy of middle class people in our rather rich nation. The point of work in our Western, individualist culture is to make money that we can use to get a nice house (eventually a dream house), fill the house with nice goodies, … Continue reading "A Better Reason to Work Hard"
Sharing. This is one of the first lessons we are taught as children. Yet this lesson is also one of the first that we forget. We may not think so, but sharing is something we really don’t do well, at least how that Jesus asked us to. Let’s see what He had to say: Give … Continue reading "How Serious Was Jesus About Sharing?"