Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

One seeming constant since the COVID-19 pandemic started has been a desire to “get back to normal.” Last year, former President Trump wanted us to get back to normal by Easter. Governors of various states have rushed to ease lockdown restrictions so that we can get...
Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Fear is often a defining factor of one’s faith. If there’s anything I’ve found to be consistently true over many decades, it is this reality. Often, I quote my friend, Bill Tillman, a fine Christian ethicist, who would say to his students, “Tell me something about...
Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

I’ve never had a green thumb. My wife tends indoor plants and outside flowers. I’ve never had the urge to garden, though I wish I had. But I’ve enjoyed making dirt for over 30 years. Soil, I should say. Dark, fertile, nutrition-rich soil that growing things need to...
The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

A shameful event occurred in Louisiana on Easter Sunday 1873. Four years earlier, a new parish (county) had been formed in north central Louisiana. It was named Grant Parish after the U.S. president, and the small town that served as the parish seat was named Colfax,...
Nationalism and Holy Week

Nationalism and Holy Week

Jesus encountered religious nationalists seeking to overthrow Rome during the final week of his life. As the week progressed, these insurrectionists played a pivotal role in his execution. After his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, religious nationalists began to think...