in our poverty

Where the Heart is

One of the more fundamental presentations I’ve ever seen from a Christian concerned partaking of the Lord’s Supper. In this particular person’s belief system, the Lord’s Supper (being derived from the same root as Catholic Communion, the Eucharist, the Love Feast, etc.) is to be taken...

On Being an Idiot

This is a bit of a ramble, but it is what it is… There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to...

Need a Little Music

My work week was frustrating and tiring, and probably the latter is due mostly to the former. Some nights I find the best way to unwind is to sit and go through the music collection and review the past. UFO’s 1977 album “Lights Out” is a...

Process, Procedure, Regulation and Doctrine

Still tired… This week I read an article about the Apollo program that credited the program’s success to brilliant people who were given freedom to simply go and do what they knew how, and passionately desired, to do well. Also this week I was given a...

Stone Cold Simple, Brutal Mathematics

I’m tired today. Tired in several ways. And on a less tired day, I will probably regret posting this… If I am the type of Christian who believes that being a “true Christian” requires holding to precisely the right “yes” or “no” answers to a list...

The Touch of God

A rather lengthy excerpt from In Our Poverty the book, which waits patiently until I get around to get it published: I WAS staring at an advertisement taped to a coffee shop window. I was looking at its words, but I wasn’t really reading them. They...

Deconstruction, pre-K Style

I was sitting around musing tonight and this ran through my mind (didn’t take long; it’s a short trip) as the simplest way I can think of to relate modern thinking to postmodern thinking. This is not deconstruction 101. It’s not even K-12. But, it’s a...

A Simple Impossibility

There are times when I sit for a while and become awestruck, as if I never have before, at the simplicity of Jesus’ message. Awestruck, too, at the incomprehensible magnitude and depth of the Love God pours out upon us. Awestruck by how glorious and joyous...

And This is Why I am no Fun at Parties

I’ve been on vacation for the past two weeks; a ship, a bus, a rental car, and a couple of taxis to get my family and me to various parts of Oregon, British Columbia, and California. The kids had great fun at Disneyland, and certainly it...

The Bible as god

This recent blog post notes yet another example of a not uncommon story. It reminded me of something I wrote some years back, and have likely posted at least in part before… To many people the Bible is more important than God. They consider the Bible...