Why Tomorrow, March 25, Is the Most Important Day in History

Why Tomorrow, March 25, Is the Most Important Day in History

We tend to assume that big problems require equally big solutions. You don't send a child to do a man's job. That would be foolish.If anybody should realize this, God should. It’s not like he needs a remedial course in being a divinity. He’s had all eternity to figure this stuff out. Nothing is his first rodeo.

How Can a Blind Man Thank God for His Eyes?

How Can a Blind Man Thank God for His Eyes?

We’re messed up people with messed up bodies. All of us. Even Miss America gets hemorrhoids.The Fall mocks us in our own skin. We’re all walking sermons. Our bodies preach what life is like in a world groaning under the weight of evil. And it’s a life that eventually reduces our flesh to worm food.

Dear Parents: You're Already Choosing Your Child's Religion

Dear Parents: You're Already Choosing Your Child's Religion

Being a father or mother is a lot like being a priest. It doesn’t matter if you’re Jewish, Christian, or one of the “religious nones.” Whatever faith—or the lack thereof—parents affirm, they spend about 18 years conducting a profoundly influential worship service in the lives of their children.

Bringing a Heifer to Church: A Different Perspective on Ash Wednesday

Bringing a Heifer to Church: A Different Perspective on Ash Wednesday

In a couple of days, many pastors and priests will stand at the altar holding up a grey thumb, like hitchhikers waiting to ride shotgun with Jesus. It’s Ash Wednesday, A sea of smudged foreheads. Kids smearing black all over themselves, mom and dad, and the back of the pew. All in all, it’s the dirtiest day in the church year.

My Great-Grandmother Handed Her Husband Over to the Devil

My Great-Grandmother Handed Her Husband Over to the Devil

She’s cooking breakfast when he stumbles through the back door of their humble Arkansas home. Eyes bloodshot. Shirt unevenly buttoned, as if done in darkness, and in haste. She doesn’t turn around. No need to. More times than she cares to remember, my great-grandmother has seen my great-grandfather looking like something the cat drug in.

Christianity Is Not for Everyone

Christianity Is Not for Everyone

Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone.If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.

Joy Has No Expiration Date: A Story of Love Worth Waiting For

Joy Has No Expiration Date: A Story of Love Worth Waiting For

A man and woman meet. She likes him, and he likes her. They hold hands. He sneaks a kiss. And in time, if everything goes right, he pops the question. She says "Yes," and before you know it, wedding bells are ringing. It happens every day. It happened to Ed and Mary. But their love story was a long time in coming. He was 82 and she 74. And this was the first, and the last, marriage for both.

Guest Post: It's the Love: On Conversion from Islam to Christianity

Guest Post: It's the Love: On Conversion from Islam to Christianity

Over the last couple of weeks, Dr. Duane Miller has been teaching a class at Crown of Life Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX, on Islam. He's introduced us not only to the religion's history and theology, but also drawn upon his Ph.D. work to relate some of the conversations he's had with men and women who converted from Islam to Christianity. I asked him to write an article about the difference between these two Faith's understanding of divine love. I thank him for his insights.

Keeping up with the Joneses' Church

Keeping up with the Joneses' Church

The worth of a congregation is determined by statistics. A church with 25 people in the pews is not as important to Christ’s kingdom as a church with 2500. It’s simple arithmetic, really. The more worshipers, the more worth. The larger the church, the larger accolades it deserves.