Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin

Troubling thoughts keeping me up late and waking me up early: 1. It’s devastating to see non-Christians more torn up over black people dying than white Christians. I’m sad and angry and embarrassed and grieving. 2. Implicit bias is more dangerous than overt hatred because it operates underground. It has been stunning to witness allContinue reading “Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin”

Bloody cross, empty tomb

I recently found myself in the middle of a very strange conversation with a very educated doctor when the conversation moved to our faith. Of course the most common approach is to assert the viability of every belief, as long as it’s sincere. But after many months of walking with a loved one through illness and the possibility of death,Continue reading “Bloody cross, empty tomb”

So great a salvation

Do not neglect so great a salvation. (Hebrews 2:3) There is so much debate regarding the possibility – or impossibility – of losing salvation. But the far more practical danger is neglecting salvation. Oh to live in the reality and the fullness of this great salvation. Indeed there is a salvation-like promise to drugs and porn and fame and fortune and aContinue reading “So great a salvation”

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card

  I’m not even close to unbiased as we approach the 2016 Super Bowl. I graduated from the University of Florida. I’m a Gator fan. Gators do not like the Tennessee Volunteers. We struggle to acknowledge that one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time goes by the name Peyton Manning, a Tennessee Volunteer. AndContinue reading “Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card”

What are you chewing on?

It’s not enough to simply read the Bible. Jesus made an audacious promise at the end of His sermon on the mount: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine, and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.” (Matt. 7:24 NIV) Here is the problem. It’s easy toContinue reading “What are you chewing on?”

Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.

I’m reading the reports from Missouri and Yale and thinking about the gaps in our Gospel. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (MatthewContinue reading “Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.”

5 reasons the Gators will beat Ole Miss this weekend

5. The Swamp. Noise. Humidity. Sellout. Magic. 4. Hargreaves > Treadwell. WR Laquon Treadwell is great, but CB Vernon Hargreaves III is greater. 3. Catalyst. The last time Ole Miss came to town they served as the catalyst for a Gator national championship, as Tebow gave the legendary speech. Rebels pull greatness out of Gators. 2. Fourth down. The Gators own 4thContinue reading “5 reasons the Gators will beat Ole Miss this weekend”