Death Defying

Recently, President Obama directed American public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex they identify with. The Obama administration says this is just a recommendation. But schools that don’t comply risk losing federal funding. It’s an optionless option. I was furious. Transgenderism is a complex issue our nation is…

Don’t Tread on Me (Part 2)

Please read Part One before continuing… Societal unforgiveness is further tightening its coils through microagression theory.  Dr. Derald Wing Sue says, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, non-verbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”  Sue…

“Don’t Tread on Me” (Part One)

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”  This old saying nails a core human issue (as old sayings often do!)  Amidst more fashionable issues like global warming, social justice, and gay marriage, I fear plain ol’ forgiveness is an afterthought.  Yet our old saying captures two things about forgiveness: 1) It is fundamentally important; 2)…

C U L8er

I’ve got some family visiting so I’m going to take a 10-ish day break from blogging.  Please read past posts, booklets I’ve posted, or check out some of the awesome blogs I follow. A word before I go: Yesterday, I was meditating on verses that talk about the blood of Jesus cleansing us from sin….

I Believe in Science!

I follow a couple blogs that do a lot of outreach to atheists.  They are Hardwired and See There’s this Thing Called Biology…  Both of these sites feature engaging authors who are incisive and quick-witted.  I laugh as much as I think when reading their posts. These blogs never disappoint when it comes to generating discussion, often with die-hard…

The Fruitlessness of the Cross

The following is excerpted from a booklet I am close to finishing–Despising the Lamb: Pictures of Contempt in First Samuel *** First Samuel opens with a story about Elkanah and his wives, Hannah and Peninnah.   Hannah was unable to have children.   Peninnah bore children for Elkanah and smugly needled Hannah about it: “Her…

Keep on the Shunny Shide

A book I’m reading advocates for the Matthew 18 model of church discipline: If someone sins, talk to him one on one.  If he doesn’t respond, re-approach with two or three others.  If that doesn’t work, take him before the church.  If he doesn’t listen to the church, “let him be like an unbeliever and…

What the Cross Means to Me–Katie McKamey

My daughter attends a Christian School.  Above is a picture of something she wrote for school around Easter.  In her own words, she talks about the meaning of the cross.  It is simple, without pretenses, and beautiful.  Truly, God has prepared praise from the mouths of children and infants (Matt. 21:16).  Read what she wrote…

These Are the Wounds

For Good Friday, I wanted to share the words of a song the Lord gave me years ago. These are the wounds that I received in the house of my friends who turned against me. He with whom I ate bread has lifted his hand against me, and I am lonely. But the Spirit of…

Triptych: A Tree in Three Seasons

Photo by Carrie McKamey I. Atop a hill there is a weathered oak whose listless limbs spread so wide it seems to hang by them and not to stand.  It’s bark is scarred by whips of wind, by scratching beasts, by birds that pierce its trunk with beaks.  When fall arrives, a crimson stain spreads…