If the Debt Ceiling and National Debt Were Like a Personal Budget

All the news recently has been about raising the debt ceiling and about the national debt. But no one understands billions and trillions of dollars and politicians rely on the arcane nature of the whole discussion to obscure what is really going on. So I decided to reduce it all down to the level of a personal budget so that it …

The Therapeutic Gospel – Part 3

God wants to act towards us like a hen that wants to gather her chicks under her wings for their protection and that sounds pretty darn therapeutic to me.

The Therapeutic Gospel – Part 2

The therapeutic gospel diagnosis about the condition of American Evangelicalism is inaccurate and, as a result, the recommended cure is misguided. The ineffectiveness of the evangelical community to transform society is a result of a gospel message that has failed to be appropriately therapeutic at the personal level.

The Therapeutic Gospel – Introduction

If you are a typical American Evangelical, you probably believe in a “therapeutic gospel” and this makes you a shallow, selfish person according to many critics within the Evangelical community. Well … what else is new? Nothing seems to propagate so fast in Evangelicalism as another cause for self-loathing. Let’s take a look at the therapeutic gospel accusation and see why those who make it are misguided.

Christmas Thoughts from a Friend

Thoughts from a friend’s spiritual journey: “… but the problem is that sometimes I have a hard time believing the Shepherd would actually notice I’m gone, much less come after me.”

The Cross and Suffering

In the somewhat crude vernacular of the day, Jesus is “kicking ass and taking names” when it comes to certain types of suffering and we are called to join him.

Take Up Your Cross

What if “taking up your cross” is not about suffering for God but is instead an invitation to walk with God on a daring adventure?

Praying for You

There is a country-western song that is popular right now entitled “Praying for You”. Here is part of that prayer: I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls I pray you’re …

Murder, Suicide and Income Inequality

Income inequality between the top and bottom of the economic ladder is supposedly large and unjust and growing. A more thoughtful and intellectually rigorous analysis suggests otherwise.