Category Archives: Life and Living

The Movie Theater Massacre and the Limits of Our Understanding

As human beings, we yearn to understand.  We crave meaning, because the horror of genuinely random meaninglessness may be too much to contemplate.  And so, as has long been our practice when faced with an unthinkable event, such as the … Continue reading

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The Cost of the Cross

Although the incarnation of God the Son in human flesh is a mystery beyond our ability to grasp, I wonder if most Christians have ever come to terms with the true humanity of Jesus.  Because we are rightly taught from … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Broke into My House Twice in Three Weeks

Dear person who broke into my house twice in three weeks, First, let’s face the facts here.  I don’t know who you are.  I don’t even know if you are an individual or a group of two or more people. … Continue reading

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What Is Forgiveness?

Growing up in church, I was taught from an early age the importance of forgiving others.  I knew that I needed to forgive others, but I had a very vague sense of what that meant.  I don’t recall ever receiving … Continue reading

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A Theology of Pleasure

Southern Baptists continue to hold on to some cultural hang-ups that limit our ability to enjoy God’s good gifts (or at least to enjoy them without shame).  Other than potlucks (like hobbits, we have never had difficulty in the art … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Humility

I received a strange and wonderful phone call tonight. First, a little background.  I served as pastor of Corn Creek Baptist Church in Milton, Kentucky, from 2003-2009.  During that time I met a local piano tuner when he came to … Continue reading

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