Category Archives: christianity

Eat, Drink, and Shoot Fireworks (Ecclesiastes for the 4th of July)


The constant refrain of “meaningless!” gives Ecclesiastes a reputation as a particularly dismal book of the Bible. As I read it today, I hear the Teacher offering a particularly contemporary counsel: Be grateful. Enjoy today. Celebrate every good thing you … Continue reading

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Dancing with a Mountain


What if the mountains really will skip like goats? Can I join the dance? Continue reading

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How to Contain the Immigrant Threat


Newly naturalized Americans can’t imagine that the US would ‘patrol and secure’ them. But we’ve done it to Italians and Japanese before. What does God say? Continue reading

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I Never Expected to Have This in Common with Stephen Colbert


Stephen Colbert and I both live in the Southeast and are Christians. I found our unexpected commonality in an interview excerpt on Mockingbird. We both think the Christian life has the same clear distinctive. Here’s my (republished) explanation.  So what are Christians for? I don’t … Continue reading

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Love and Grace and How to Tell the Difference


I recently enjoyed Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” He’s steering me back to the God I knew before I moved to the Bible Belt — the God who is, in the words of one person Yancey quotes, “very fond … Continue reading

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