Sometimes Christians are Just Terrible People

Jesus said a lot of things that we are aware of. Jesus said a lot of things we are not aware of. John tells us the whole world doesn't have enough books to contain all that Jesus said and did. I'm not surprised; although, I'd certainly like to have a little more. We like to… Continue reading Sometimes Christians are Just Terrible People

Things that Make Jesus Happy

I grew up believing the untenable notion that Jesus never smiled or laughed. I'm not sure why I believed such a thing. I suppose it's perhaps because there's no explicit statement in the Bible that says, "And on that occasion, Jesus laughed." But surely Jesus laughed, right? Surely this one who gives his Spirit to… Continue reading Things that Make Jesus Happy

Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle

Title: Gabriel Finely and the Raven's Riddle Author: George Hagen Illustrator: Scott Bakal Publisher: Random House Children's Books (Schwartz & Wade Books) Resources for Teachers/Librarians: RHTeachers/Librarians Year: 2014 Pages: 252 (e-book via Nook) [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I was given no compensation… Continue reading Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle

Some Things Christians Can do Better

I've been thinking about my relationship with the church recently–especially as I get ready to move back to an area where I will be able to actually participate more fully in the local church. My relationship with the church has been sour for the past several years given the nature of the way my previous… Continue reading Some Things Christians Can do Better

Meditations on Hebrews, pt 1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and… Continue reading Meditations on Hebrews, pt 1

Book Review: Don’t Judge a Lizard by His Scales

Title: Don't Judge a Lizard by His Scales Author: Dan Dugi & Bli Marston Dugi Illustrator: Andrea Vitali Publisher: Dugi Group LLC Distributed by: Greenleaf Book Group LLC Year: 2014 Pages: 34 Tree Neutral The Principal Gang [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Judge a Lizard by His Scales

Is Jesus into Politics? Do our American Political Opinions Really Matter?

Once upon a midnight dreary, I was enrolled in seminary. I had to write a paper once concerning whether or not Jesus ever said anything political. I don't remember everything I wrote but I do remember being marked down a grade because it was my opinion that Jesus had very little to say about politics.… Continue reading Is Jesus into Politics? Do our American Political Opinions Really Matter?

What if Jesus Treated us the Way we Treat Immigrants?

Perhaps some of you will find this short note a bit unpalatable and un-American. I hope you find it both. I have a lot of different kinds of FB friends, liberals & conservatives, christians & humanists, atheists & theists, men & women, and so on. What continues to amaze me is that it is my… Continue reading What if Jesus Treated us the Way we Treat Immigrants?

Daily Office: July 11, 2014

It's been a few days since I have written about the Daily Office. That kind of bums me out a little bit because it means I haven't been truly engaged in the Scripture as I want to be. I suppose all of us at some level have these ideas about what we should be doing… Continue reading Daily Office: July 11, 2014

Book Review: Oliver and the Seawigs

Title: Oliver and the Seawigs Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre Publisher: Oxford Random House Children's Year: 2013 Pages: 200 [Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC (advance readers copy) via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of Oliver and the Seawigs. I have in no way been compensated or asked to… Continue reading Book Review: Oliver and the Seawigs

Book Review: Pick and Roll

Title: Pick and Roll Author: Kelsey Blair Author Page at Lorimer: Kelsey Blair Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Year: September 1, 2014 Pages: 80 (e-book) [Disclaimer: I was provided a preview copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. The version I read and now review was in the form… Continue reading Book Review: Pick and Roll