Tuesday, July 30, 2013


It is really shocking how little Jesus is shocked by human failure and sin. In fact, it never appears that he is upset at sinners at all. He is only and consistently upset at people who do not think they are sinners. This momentous insight puts him centuries ahead of modern psychology and right at the center of rare but authentic religion. So much so, that most Christianity itself never notices or addresses this pattern. It is an “inconvenient truth.”
-Richard Rohr

What we get out of the Bible seems to say far more about us than it does about the Bible itself - the legalists find rules and punishment, the skeptics find inconsistency, the revolutionaries hear a call to arms, the compassionate see grace and mercy.  But that is, perhaps, a separate topic - one that could no doubt fill volumes...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Life Soundtrack 35

Safe and Sound, Capital Cities

I love the use of juxtaposition in this video.  Whether or not the artists intended a political statement (I'm not familiar enough with them to say), it works well as a commentary on American foreign policy.  But either way, I like both the song and the video.

Monday, July 08, 2013


Found via Truth Wins Out, an agnostic explains why faith cannot exist without doubt - a subject near to my own heart - and why fundamentalism is therefore the antithesis of faith.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Today I, with millions of others, celebrate American Independence Day.  Although I'm not necessarily proud of everything that our country has done, there is still plenty of good in the United States that is worth celebrating.

But I do so as an American, not as a Christian.  I've written in the past on why I believe the church loses its way whenever it entangles itself in politics (a viewpoint the religious right seems determined to validate on a daily basis), as have others (I still recommend Greg Boyd's The Myth of a Christian Nation).

So, in honor of the holiday, here is a new voice reiterating why the church should not treat the Fourth of July as a holy day.  That said, enjoy the day and the freedom that it symbolizes.