You Say You Want a Resolution?

It’s that time of year when many make resolutions which they will abandon within weeks, perhaps even days or hours. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh, as we all know, is weak. When and where did this tradition of making New Year’s resolutions originate? Does it have a religious basis? Wikipedia’s entry, “New Year’s resolution” does give us some insight into the religious origins of this practice: Babylonians made promises to their … Continue reading

A Christmas Gift

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ’em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, … Continue reading

Royal Pains

Most people don’t know that when our founding fathers were fighting over what kind of government we should have (during the last days of the Articles of Confederation or during the long hot summer of the Constitutional congress, accounts vary) that a few leaders quietly wrote to Prince Henry of Prussia and asked if he would be interested in becoming King of America. Henry declined. After all, look how they treated their last king. There … Continue reading

A House Divided Against Itself

The morning of November 3, 2004, which dawned darkly upon liberals, offered a ray of hope to conservatives. George W. Bush was re-elected as the President of the United States. With his re-election a new psychological disorder was born— dubbed PEST (Post Election Selection Trauma):  More shocked John Kerry supporters on Wednesday sought psychological help with “post-election selection trauma” in South Florida, prompting the American Health Association to officially release symptoms of the disorder … Continue reading

Always Outsiders

Those of us who have gone to seminary will tell you there nothing like graduating from seminary to ruin your church going experience. This goes double for taking classes in biblical interpretation. Having had the mantra “context, context, context” drilled into your skull by a venerable professor, you just can’t help but harp on it. Recently I was in a Sunday School class and the topic was being a disciple. Matthew 10:39 was the verse … Continue reading

Aliens and Strangers

Biblically speaking, Christians are strangers and foreigners in a strange and foreign land. We are to be ambassadors for Christ for our time on Earth, though our true citizenship is already in heaven. As ambassadors, how should we interact with the lost in our culture? In 2013, we wrote a blog entitled, “Walking in Their World.” In the blog, we mentioned a group of about 300 “vampires” that gathered in a local park … Continue reading