Castles in the Sand

When the waters rise, will our castles remain?

Silhouette of a pastor delivering a sermon

Leaders will be held to a higher standard. And for good reason, because people trust them to provide guidance. Jesus and James warned us of this fact. And even though I’m in no way a formal church leader, that truth terrifies me. Because I know people do look to me to represent Christ, I recognize that I am a leader. And I have been complicit for far too long with a bastardization of Christ’s love.

Handgun in holster on American flag

By all means, let’s keep access to guns that fit the needs to provide personal security. Assault rifles are not part of that category. The goal of the Second Amendment is defense, not attack, both on a personal level and on the level of protecting the nation from tyranny. The presence of these military-grade weapons in our nation are actively undermining our security, costing lives of so many innocent people.

Automatic rifle on a table

As Christians, we should be outraged that prayer has been coopted to mean inaction in the face of tragedy. Our lack of outrage means we have no right to be surprised when people discount prayer and scoff at it when we offer it in response to other situations. We have allowed this to happen.

Bible open with cross of thorns on top making shadow of a heart

One of the common themes I’ve been working through on my blog recently is Christianity’s place in America and America’s place in Christianity. A few weeks ago I wrote about how America was built on the premise of freedom of religion. Everyone will nod their head yes, because this is an obvious thing everyone acknowledges, …

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Signpost with "Faith" and "Reason" point opposite directions

According to Genesis 1, God created humanity in God’s own image (which inherently means we are called to love, create, and care for the things God created) and gave humanity dominion over it. While some like to use those words to profess no need to care for it, that completely contradicts the nature of God with God’s own creation. If we’re created in the image of God, then having dominion over something would more strongly correlate to feeling a deep sense of responsibility for its care and well-being.