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Ludicrous Belief, Go!

I finally wrote up the rough draft of a post on atheism (by which I mean the active belief that there is no Ultimate Creator) that I promised months ago. Hopefully that will be out in a few days. Before I post that one, though, I wanted to lay a little groundwork with...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees, Coda

I want to tell you a personal story that illustrates why I get so angry that we’ve allowed ourselves to become known by the spirit of pride and condemnation. Before I get there, I should recognize that I’m often critical of the church in my writings. People may get...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees, pt. 2

In America we Christians, fairly or not, have collectively become known to our culture to be like Pharisees. All of us, Catholics and Protestants alike, need to hear and learn from Jesus here: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees

I love Matthew 23. It’s Jesus laying down a no-holds-barred smackdown on the self-righteous Pharisees. It blows the caricature of a flannelgraph, mild-mannered inoffensive Jesus out of the water. Here’s the thing, though. Today, he’s speaking those words to us....

The Good Friday Deception

What’s so Good about Good Friday? There are those out there who believe Jesus’ crucifixion was in fact the crushing, final defeat it appeared to be. “My god, my god, why have you forsaken me?” (Eli eli lema sabachtani?)Matthew 27:46 Evidence, they say,...