Tag Archive | Christianity

The Dreaded D Word

The Dreaded D Word

That dreaded “D” word. No, I don’t mean Democrat or Donald. You people have a one-track mind. Eye roll. I also don’t mean the “D” word as in taking a synonym for condemnation and adding “it” to the end either. I’m talking about “Discipline”, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking of punishment of some […]

The Greatest of These

The Greatest of These

I spent last weekend at the annual Realm Makers conference, the writers’ conference dedicated to people of faith who write speculative fiction. Realm Makers was developed in many ways because us lovers of science fiction and fantasy felt as if we had no place in the Christian marketplace. We were in sort of a no-man’s-land […]

Censoring Books

Censoring Books

Every so often a news article or something will pop up about a “banned” book and there will be a huge controversy surrounding those who want the book boycotted and those who think it should be embraced. Sometimes it’s a classic, like Huckleberry Finn, and one side wants to ban it because of its cultural […]

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

I love Carolyn Arend’s “Altar of Ego”. It’s a song whose lyrics I need to think about often. Last week I was thrilled with the response to my post about the emphasis placed on motherhood and being a wife especially within the church. I started with five words that define me and ended with a question […]

Jesus Has Risen

Jesus Has Risen

Luke 24:1–8 (NIV) On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about […]

Not Forsaken

  What can I say about Good Friday that hasn’t already been said? I suppose I could go on about how I was assigned to read Matthew 27:39–46 in worship, so I spent a chunk of Thursday learning to pronounce the Hebrew part. Or I could just give you this link to “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” […]

Jesus the Vintner

Jesus the Vintner

Last Sunday, I was assigned to teach John 2:1–12. That’s the wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Why would John give us this story about Jesus as a wine-maker? He is the only Gospel writer who tells this story. Why do we even have four gospels? Wouldn’t one suffice? Nope. When a […]