Truth and Resurrection

This weekend, Christians around the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday, a memorial of the day Christ rose from the grave as depicted in the gospels. Already, my social media feed is filled with images of crosses and caves with boulders rolled aside, most imprinted with a verse from the gospels.

One, particular, struck me: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Truth is a thorny subject. Continue reading “Truth and Resurrection”

Cultural Christianity and the Gospel

This morning, I read a blog post penned as a break-up letter to American Cultural Christianity. It resonated with me in a way nothing has in a while. Maybe, in part, because the author left the country in 1999; the late ’90s was a time when I was most deeply immersed in Cultural Christianity.

It was also one of the darkest times of my life. Continue reading “Cultural Christianity and the Gospel”

Is It Just Me, Or Have I Lost Sight of What’s Important?

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and I should be sleeping. Things just keep running through my head and instead of laying in bed, snoring, I’m sitting here with my computer on my lap scouring through social media for… I don’t know what for. I have no idea. None whatsoever.

Do you know how much life is “lived” on social media? I can’t imagine the hours I’ve spent reading Facebook posts, reading other people’s Tweets, liking and favoriting things other people thought and typed.

Am I insane? Is my life so empty that I have to live vicariously through other people’s typing? And if so, why can’t I live vicariously through books?  Continue reading “Is It Just Me, Or Have I Lost Sight of What’s Important?”

Not-So Random Thoughts on the Tenuous Relationship between “Geek Culture” and the American Church

Author D. M. Dutcher shares some profound thoughts on the relationship between “Geek Culture” and the American church. It’s well worth a read and even more worthy of discussion. Read it here:

Commercialization or Prostitution? That is the Question.

Today someone posted this on my Facebook timeline:

I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.

Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

Talk about one of those things that makes you sit back and go, “Whoa.” Kinda puts the whole commercialization of religion in a new light, at least for me.

The whole article is well worth reading.