Category: Christ and Culture


Your Money or Grace: You can’t have Both


Over two million people “liked” this picture on Facebook. Shockingly, the person that “shared” it was a Christian. I felt a rant coming on. “Taxed to the ‘breaking point’? Come on!” I desperately wanted to point out that the United States has one of the lowest tax rates in the...

Coffee and Conscience – Part 3


“Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.” – William James For many, coffee can only be enjoyed when they know that the production of it hasn’t had significant environmental and human costs.  To help...

Coffee and Conscience – Part 2


“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea.” -- Abraham Lincoln * C. S. Lewis explores the demonic view of pleasure in The Screwtape Letters.  An experienced demon, Screwtape, offers advice to his nephew, a novice demon, on the use of pleasure to ensnare a human soul.  He tells...

Coffee and Conscience — Part 1


On the eighth day God created coffee -- Zazzle Mug from zazzle.com At the farm, coffee time never varied.  I’m not sure why I recall coffee time at Grandma’s with such reverence and affection.  Perhaps it was grace—inclusion in a ritual when I was too young to partake in the...

Language, Sex, and Violence — Will We Watch?


“If it’s not appropriate for children, it’s not appropriate for anyone.” I’ve always had trouble with this idea, because if I took that approach, I’d no longer be able to read my Bible. I have been told by those who can read the original languages in which the Bible has...

Dog Poop in the Brownies: How to read Philippians 4:8


I attended a youth event when I was in high school.  The speaker was a youngish, cool youth pastor and he challenged us to get rid of all our secular music.  He said it had to be destroyed; selling it or giving it away would just spread the evil.  He...

Christian Tipping


Overheard one morning in a New York Subway near Broadway:  “I only made eleven dollars last night because it was a gospel show and the people only wanted the complimentary ice tea and they wanted it now!” This young man experienced what so many in the service industry already know—when...

Why Christian Education? (Part 1)


I was at a church service some months back and a guest pastor was, in essence, exhorting the congregation to get out of their Christian ghetto and do some good for the world.  He has a point, of course.  It’s easy to live in the suburbs and surround ourselves with...

The Hunger Games: Whose Side Are You On?


I saw The Hunger Games on opening day.  Those who waited in the line with me fell into two categories: enthusiastic youth (mostly girls) and the parent who drove the car.  Although the drivers were not overtly enthusiastic, I know they were.  Like me, they did not they did not drop the kids off at the...