What can be done about pedophilia?

The Atlantic recently published an inevitable and yet rather eye-popping article titled “What Can Be Done About Pedophilia?”. I felt that this issue brings our current society’s moral axioms to the edge of their unintended consequences, and to our desperate need for a much deeper understanding of the power of the law and of the […]

Choosing Kindness or Malice – Ephesians 4:32

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32, NASB). This sounds like a wonderful verse, when stripped of context like this! Who doesn’t like kindness, tender-heartedness, quick and beautiful forgiveness? In real life this can be a bit more of a challenge! […]

As for the Lord: Grace in the Workplace

There have been a good number of “Christ at your workplace” kinds of posts in the blogosphere lately. I’ve heard a number of sermons where I was told I’m supposed to have an impact for Christ at my job. Who hasn’t heard that? My Real-life Job Of course I don’t disagree with these things. However, […]

Jesus’ Crazy Leadership Training

15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, […]

Confessing Theological Arrogance

Graceless about Grace I read this article on liberate.net this morning, and it set me to thinking. The gist of the article is that you can be self-righteous about not being self-righteous. You can be graceless about preaching grace. You can be arrogant about being gospel-centered. Even so, the blood of Christ is not only […]

The Real Radical Core Message

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of […]

Mockingbird Spring 2013 Message

We live and breathe and have supernatural abilities to judge the actions of others (Romans 1:18,19; 2:14,15). We are even better at judging ourselves than others, because we have first hand knowledge of ourselves. Our judgments and criticisms of each other are not generally wrong; they are generally spot on. If the judgment and wrath […]

The surprising difference between evil deeds and righteous deeds

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

1 John 3:11-13 The adventures of Abbie and Cainie

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

The Gift of the Conscience

14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 […]