Tag Archive | Christianity

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 […]

The True and Better YA Hero

The True and Better YA Hero

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart Sometimes I feel like my husband can read my mind. He can ask me, “Do you want McDonald’s or Burger King?” and tell which I want by the expression on my face. It’s nice. Of course, he loses this ability when my thoughts are hormonally irrational or so tangled up in […]

St. Nicholas vs. the Heretic

St. Nicholas vs. the Heretic

Every year as Christmas comes around, I’m reminded of that great story about jolly old St. Nick, who gave a heretic a punch in the face. As the story goes, during the Council of Nicea, while the church fathers were hammering out the creed that states Jesus Christ is “of one Being with the Father,” […]