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The Only Cure

Joel Osteen gets a bad rap. The gospel of prosperity is the heresy that American Christians love to hate, for not only do we get a chance to indulge the heresy hunter in all of us (which is there whether we are willing to admit it or not!), but we also get the slightly sanctimonious thrill from shooting down such an easy target. And as right as one might be to denounce such perversion, let’s be...

Leap To The Stars

In my previous musings I considered why no one will get to heaven, precisely because heaven is not a place to get but rather a person to obtain; more specifically, God himself. Our difficulty as fallen creatures is that our desires are usually so half-hearted and tepid that we flit from love to love with no solidity of desire nor constancy of will, carried along by the gusts of our cravings and...

Why No One Will Get To Heaven

When I was younger I used to be terrified of the idea of heaven. Well, it probably wasn’t the notion of heaven per se, but rather the thought of eternity. I know some people imagine the afterlife to be one of unceasing drudgery, the standard cliché being us resurrected into chubby cherub bodies and slowly strumming on golden harps long after the universe has plunged into its chaotic death. Well...

Pooping Rainbows: The Theology of the Unicorn

One of the most unfortunate aspects of modern life is that the world is no longer populated by fantastic things. For the ancients the universe was still teeming with monsters great and small, wonders of both flora and fauna perhaps just out of reach of all but the most daring (or the most foolish.) Of all ancient mythical beasts, the unicorn is one of the most fantastic and beloved. It is indeed...

The Danger of Lectio Divina (As A Sole Source Of Biblical Interpretation)

Following close upon the heels of my most recent post, I came across another curious article concerning The Danger of Lectio Divina. (If you are unacquainted with this practice, the Wikipedia entry actually provides a fairly decent overview.) Using selected passages from David Helms’ Expositional Preaching, Challies attempts to develop a critique of the method as opposed to a more systematic...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics: Part 2

About a year and a half ago I penned a post regarding the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Like most of these sorts of sensationalized reports about discoveries that will rock Christianity to its core, the reporting on the subject was far more absurd than the actual claims being set forth by the researcher in question. But then again, these kinds of things generally follow the 10 step process I...

The Road Less Traveled

We all grow up in one way or another, even if it’s only physically. Yet with any luck we as rational beings grow in our utilization of that rationality in some proportion to our increase in stature, and perhaps with a lot of effort may far surpass it. I’m not sure if this is a universal experience, but when I was in college I found that my new-found access to a lot of knowledge led to a somewhat...

Begging the Question

One of the greatest challenges of contemporary discourse- especially on contentious issues- is that so many of those engaging in it do not understand what constitutes logical argumentation or expression of ideas. It is thus almost trivially easy to point out numerous fallacies in much of what is written, especially on contentious issues. The trap that many fall for when engaging with those they...

Infinite Vision

The other day I was watching a tutorial video for After Effects, and I become intrigued with the hosts other work. He had created a video about the meaning of the term ‘nano,’ and the essence of the piece was to use different sized things to demonstrate the sense of scale. Beginning with a single hair, the scene zoomed in to the point where the person in the piece was about the size of a red...

Rest Easy

If there is anything characteristic of modern life, it is our unending sense of busy-ness. I find myself stating far too often that ‘I have been so busy lately,’ and most of those I talk to can easily commiserate. We fashion our lives around the things we do and the tasks we must complete, a system in which efficiency can easily become the measure of man. Of course, we tend to imagine that our...

Theology of the Body: Part 4: How To Be Naked

Thus far the understanding of man’s original experience ‘in the beginning’ has perhaps felt a little dry and disconnected, for we are usually not accustomed to think in such a fashion about what I would call the primordial solidarity that we all share by virtue of being human. And to be sure, thinking about man’s original experience in terms of original solitude and unity can feel too abstract...

Riches of Iniquity

Two Sundays ago the Gospel reading was the parable of the Unjust Steward, perhaps Jesus’ most challenging and enigmatic parable of all. The reason for this is that while the narrative of the parable itself is straightforward enough, the application Jesus gives seems, at first blush, completely contrary to the type of thing one would expect for him to say. The essence of the parable is as...

Diseased Doctors

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. (James 3:1-2 NIV) For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19 DRA)...

Snakes and Sins

I have always thought that Moses had to have lived one of the most interesting lives of any human being in all of human history. To recap a few highlights: He took a ride in a  basket as an infant, was raised in a royal palace, discovered he was of slave stock, killed a guy who was beating one of his countrymen, went into exile, talked to God in a burning bush, went back to his land of exile...

A Kingdom of Eunuchs

If there is one thing that modern American Christianity is good at, it would most certainly be the cliché. Whether in the sheer banality of most of our aesthetic choices (how many crosses and doves can we possibly use!), the four worn-out chords that carry the majority of our music (easy fix- just add more delay!), or the mind-numbing series of self-help bromides that plague sermon after sermon...

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