God Is…Cuddly?

This week, I saw “God is love” posted on a church’s reader board.  Enough said, right?  Not quite.  Let’s just say this denomination (at least in America) has christened things that the Bible says are sin.  When they say “God is love,” it means something closer to, “God is cuddly, and permissive.”  Given that they…

What Is This Thing Called Love?

The following is a column I had published in the religion section of our local paper. It ran about 7 years ago but has been on my heart, so I thought I’d share it. *** Love….  What is it?  I’m told it’s in the air.  The Beatles say it’s all you need.  Some say, “Make…

Lies

“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple. One striking section of lyrics goes: Maybe if you slowed down for me I could see you’re only tellin’ lies, lies, lies Breakin’ us down with your lies, lies, lies When…

At the Risk of Repeating Myself…

Many times on The Voice of One I have expressed my concern over the spiritual ruin our culture is courting.  My biggest concern is not racism, sexism, classism, or any of the other things society is morbidly obsessed about.  What keeps me up at night is the accusation and unforgiveness running roughshod over America today….

Trite and True

They’ll know we are Christians by our glad-hands and bling, by our pearly-gate smiles and sermons on tithing; by the size of our church and the rules that we keep (though a suit is a suit, and a goat’s not a sheep). They’ll know we are Christians by the power we bear, by the HOLY…

A Mile in Our Shoes

The writer of Hebrews observes that God hasn’t subjected the world to come to angels.  Then he quotes Psalm 8, which marvels at God putting creation under the lordship of humans.  Yet it was not to run of the mill humanity that God subjected creation.  After the fall, people lost their lordship in a way;…

Are You with Me?

While I was spending time with the Lord this week, He asked, “Are you with me?”  My first reaction was, “Is this one of those questions like when you asked Peter if he loved you?” I’m way more likely to overthink things than Peter.  There was no confident (over confident?), “You know I’m with you,…

An End in Itself

Jacob’s death revives fears among his sons that Joseph will retaliate because of their cruelty towards him (Gen. 50:15).  Although Joseph already reassured them he held no grudge, they don’t yet trust this.  Once again, they appeal to Joseph for mercy (Gen. 50:16-18).  Joseph replies, “Am I in the place of God?  You planned evil…

The Inner Spirit of the Cross

The following is from a pamphlet by G.D. Watson. The act of crucifixion is one thing, but the spirit in which the crucifixion is to be borne is another. In some respects the act may be brief and finished, but the inward heart disposition that should pervade crucifixion is a continuous principle extending through life,…