The Way of the Cross

There’s a reason the fruit of the Holy Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” And not “strength, power, influence, might, and security.”

Subversion

Below is an edited version of my sermon for this Sunday, focusing on Matthew 5:5-6. It’s in passages like the Beatitudes in which we see how much Jesus’ teaching undermines popular truth. We live in a society which views a desire to wield power as a worthy calling. This understanding also acknowledges sacrifices of both…

The problem of power

Introduction The following is a sermon based on Luke 1:46-55. I’m aware there are many non-Christian readers of this site, and a sermon is probably not your cup of tea. Given what’s going on in the world, however, I’ll hope you take the time to read today’s post. What we see identified as “Christianity” in…

An Idolatrous Promise

A recent comment on my post, Ironic Partisans pointed me to a well-written article about Donald Trump, authored by Rachel Held Evans. As readers of this blog are aware, I am desperately trying to avoid filling the echo chambers of social media with more fuel – but Rachel quoted something from Mr. Trump which I…

Power Trips

For some reason this week I was thinking about the nature of power versus the nature of authority. In our culture, people tend to use these words as synonyms – and in the last few years they have also tended to take on entirely negative connotations. While our language does recognize a lexical over-lap between…