So you think you're human

What is a human being? The answer really does matter….

Here is a paradox. Over the last thirty or forty years, we have invested an enormous amount of thought, emotion, treasure, and blood in what we call human values, human rights, the defence of human dignity and of human life. Over the same period, quietly  but devastatingly, science and philosophy have combined to undermine our traditional concept…

Church of the Nativity Grotto

Incarnation, Salvation, and Hope

I have a new post on the website for United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy, a reflection on Christmas. I hope you find it meaningful:  Christmas is about many things to many people. For some people, it is about shopping and presents. For others, it is about spending time with family. For the orthodox believer,…

Are Christians Hypocrites?

Hypocrisy is a charge often leveled at Christians. Sometimes this is a charge made by people who simply don’t like Christians, but, at other times, this charge is made because… well… we’ve been hypocritical. If you read this and say to yourself, “I’m never hypocritical,” please think long and hard about that statement. Exactly what constitutes hypocrisy,…

On Not Being Silent

I don’t normally write on race, but I don’t think I can or should be quiet about this matter anymore.  Our country is quickly reaching a state of emergency. We are seeing again and again a great travesty–the killing of African-American men without consequence. If we as Christians don’t call this out and commit ourselves to…

The Cynical Christian?

I once heard my seminary preaching professor, John Holbert, say, “There’s no such thing as a cynical Christian.” That claim has really stuck with me over the years because I do consider myself a Christian, and yet if I’m honest I know I can be pretty cynical, too. At one level, I believe that Holbert was right,…