Black Friday makes for juicy news. We’ve all heard the accounts of people being trampled as greedy shoppers, driven foaming-at-the-mouth-mad by consumerism, race to pimp out their already lavish homes with a Black Friday superdeal. And this year, we have all been scandalized by reports that Black Friday is...
Our local newspaper recently ran a cartoon featuring a turkey that had been trampled to death by hooves. One bystander said to another, “It looks like Thanksgiving got run over by a reindeer.” It seems like every year the Christmas decorations and merchandise in stores and coffee shops come out...
Yesterday I wrote about Paul’s command to be filled by the Spirit and examined the musical emphasis of this Spirit-filling. Today I want to look at the verses directly preceding this: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,...
If you went outside last night, or went anywhere in the past month, you noticed that things tend to get creepy around Halloween. Our stores fill up with skeletons, ghosts, mummies, and zombies. New horror films are released and old ones are resurrected. What do we make of this...
Can Halloween, in some contexts, be something that prevents us from building relationships with people? Yes. In other contexts, can it be something that actually helps us build relationships with people? Yes. It seems inconsistent to say both options are okay but I think it is because sometimes we...

Sin Is Expensive

A couple days ago, I blogged about Craigslist’s faulty theological foundation. Basically, Craig Newmark built Craigslist on the belief that people are basically good, so if you give them a platform for interaction, everything will work out. But because the Bible is correct in saying that people have a...
Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.” (Genesis 4:23-24) Have you ever noticed this little poem tucked into the early...
Yesterday I said that everything in this world is important because of the kingdom of God. If God’s righteous reign is to spread into every aspect of this world, then we need to take everything seriously. This is God’s world, and we should love every inch of it and...
Gordon Spykman said, “Nothing matters but the kingdom. But because of the kingdom, everything matters.” Jesus taught us to pray that his kingdom would come, which essentially means that God’s will be “done on earth as it is in heaven.” Too many Christians spend their lives building their own kingdoms....
The Welcome Wagon made a pretty big splash in 2008 when they released their first album under the wing of Sufjan Stevens. The album came out on Sufjan’s label, and Sufjan himself produced and even arranged much of the album. This was enough to gain the band attention, but...
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