Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

“Listen:” Kurt Vonnegut writes in Timequake, “We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.” Okay, so I have done my share of farting around–more farting around than I’d care to admit–and still I wake most mornings with guts...
As a Means of Expression

As a Means of Expression

Editor’s Note: This post deals with censorship regarding art and language. Because of the subject matter, it contains words that some in our audience may find uncomfortable. It’s amazing how censorship can make you hate the art that you love. I was listening to...
Three Flowers Out of Four

Three Flowers Out of Four

Feels good, feels right, feels ripe for destruction, The soil’s safe and fertile and all sorts of flowers may bloom, And to bloom, the blind dream of any seed, But some dreams should not come true, Three flowers out of four will be full of luster and life, but the...
On Impulse and Reason

On Impulse and Reason

In her recent post, “The Dangers of Experience,” Shannon Greene uses the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to criticize what she sees as a “heavy push” towards pentecostalism within her denomination, the Church of the Nazarene. For those who don’t know, the Wesleyan Quad is a...
And Before Christ?

And Before Christ?

One question about Christianity haunts me more than any other: what happened to the souls of the people who died before they had a chance to be saved through Christ? Let us assess the situation as succinctly as possible. We must assume here that the events as depicted...
The Confrontation

The Confrontation

Nate Simmons was a good guy, but we were bound to bump heads eventually.  He was a Christian, I was an atheist.  It was only a matter of time. We both were hired last spring at Kansas City International Airport to work the ramp for United Airlines.  As Nate had prior...
Friendship and Vengeance

Friendship and Vengeance

The world is beautiful because I look at it, admirable because I admire it, deserving of respect because it is unaware of me and thus my love, yet still it smiles at me and all. It is well worthy of the love of Vengeance! Paul saw God in the beauty of the world, and...
“Try Jesus. . .”

“Try Jesus. . .”

Two months ago, I would have issued this challenge to the average Christian, perhaps the legendary Joe Six-Pack, who, once a week, becomes Communion Wine Joe: If you’re going to call yourself a Christian, read the Bible, but don’t stop there. Read every...
A Note to Opponents of the LGBT Community

A Note to Opponents of the LGBT Community

In recent weeks, two current events concerning the LGBT community have captured the attention of many in the media: the Supreme Court’s discussion of same-sex marriage and Bruce Jenner’s decision to transition into a woman. I’ll note here what I...
Transcendence and Decay

Transcendence and Decay

Small minds can no longer prosper. They must transcend, rid themselves of unjustified thoughts, or else they will decay. In order for small minds to transcend, this realization must be made: A person cannot be robbed if he is willing to let go of everything he holds...

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