Writings

Theology, opinion, fiction, and the occasional limerick.

James 1:18 – Firetruck! Firetruck! Firetruck!

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of...

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James 1:17 – This Isn’t God’s First Rodeo

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom...

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A Brazilian Emperor, a Scottish Sea Captain, and Why I’m Voting for Donald Trump

The year was 1822, and Dom Pedro – the newly-minted emperor of the newly-minted nation of Brazil – had two...

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James 1:16 – Stop Whitewashing the Fence

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. For our around-the-table reading, our family just finished up the Mark Twain classic,...

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James 1:15 – A Fateful Wrong Turn

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. The...

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James 1:14 – The Steve Urkel Syndrome

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. If you by any...

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Chopping Down Thor’s Oak – The Missionary as Colonizer

One of my favorite missionary stories is from the early Middle Ages. It concerns a monk intent on converting nearby...

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James 1:13 – God and the Blame Game

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil,...

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That Time Tom Hanks Almost Solved Racism

There’s a Saturday Night Live sketch that I saw in 2016 and have never forgotten. I remember commenting at the...

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James 1:12 – Here’s Your Crown

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life...

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