Safe Words

There are some things that really scare me: driving in Chicago or Atlanta, snakes, and prostate cancer. But you know what really chills my bones? College students. I should amend that. I teach college students all day, everyday. Most are bright and respectful. A precious few are bright, respectful and industrious. No, what scares me are bright, industrious, Ivy league student activists. They send chills down my spine. The main reason for this is that … Continue reading

Response to an Agnostic

I never really know when I start the day what questions, comments or challenges may come up but they are often interesting. This past week was no exception. On March 13 “Gary” posted a comment to Dr. Tom Howe’s blog, “Brian McLaren, ‘Is Jesus the Only Way to What?,’ Part 1” Gary’s opening line really caught my attention: As an agnostic, humanist, and naturalist, I am sure that you view me as the enemy. … Continue reading

WWMD (What Would Muhammad Do?)

The first time I met and spent any real time talking with a Muslim was in 1993. I was at the centennial celebration of The Parliament of the World’s Religions . Joy and I were two of about a dozen evangelicals at the event which had somewhere around 6,000 participants from nearly every imaginable (and some unimaginable) religious group, from well established world religions to cults. Sometimes it was fun to just stand by and … Continue reading

“Love? I’m not buying it.”

Those words were uttered by the character Frank Underwood in the Netflix original series “House of Cards” Just after saying those words, he spits in the face of the statue of Jesus. Just when I finally think I have to quell my strong desire for good story telling in favor of not subjecting my soul to House of Cards’ salacious innuendo and very adult situations, scenes like this show up. The first two seasons of … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

I have spent a fair amount of time over the past view days responding by phone and email to Jehovah’s Witnesses or those studying with JWs. In nearly every case the questioner would at some point insist that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is God’s organization because they are the only ones that put the designation “Jehovah” in their Bible. Most of the time they are surprised to learn that even the Watchtower acknowledges … Continue reading