Why are we so quick to discount the Bible?

Lately, I’ve been wondering why we’re so quick to discount the Bible.  What I mean by that is, so often, I hear people talk about things they believe were “cut out” of the Bible.  People have a fascination with the Gnostic “gospels” and with other apocryphal stories and seem to treat these with greater reverence than the Bible itself. For …

A Funeral

I went to a funeral recently for a very young boy who died in an accident.  The funeral service was faithfully presided over by a strong Lutheran pastor who pointed people to the hope of the resurrection that we have in Christ.  The boy’s parents and family also did the same thing, testifying to their faith even in the midst of …

Thoughts on Government – Part 1

As Christians, we are sometimes shy about getting involved in governmental affairs.  Certain denominations tend to be more involved, such as Baptists, while others (especially Lutherans) tend to shy away from government.  In America, in particular, we have all been taught in school about the “separation between church and state.”  This is often taken to mean that church and state …

Race and Ethnicity

I’ve been thinking recently about the subject of race and ethnicity.  What is race?  What is ethnicity? Within the Christian church in the United States, I often hear people talk about “ethnic ministry.”  When you break down that phrase, what is usually meant is “ministry to people who don’t look or sound like me.”  Then, in our society we hear …

Interview

I did an interview a while back for Christine Henderson for her writer’s blog (TheWriteChris) to discuss how I write and manage time. The links are below. If you’re a budding writer, I encourage you to check out the rest of her blog. Interview Main blog site     [Pen image by Guillaume Carels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliceinw/227116873/), via Wikimedia Commons]