The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn't God Just Forgive Us?

The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn’t God Just Forgive Us?

There’s a lot on my mind lately, but, though it’s not really a great pressing concern to me, I keep coming back to one particular issue.  Perhaps that means it will be illuminating to somebody, so here it is. From several places, I’ve heard what appears to be a common objection to the Gospel message: […]

The Best Road, Part 2: More Like Jesus

The Best Road, Part 2: More Like Jesus

Last time, I answered a question from a reader who wondered why there are so many hardships in the Christian life.  I said that, according to what the Bible teaches, everything (good or bad) that God allows into our life is for the purpose of making us more like Jesus.  But I didn’t anticipate an […]

The Best Road

The Best Road

or, If God Has a Wonderful Plan for My Life, Why Am I Suffering? From my files: September 2008. My long-time readers know that the best way to get a post out of me is for somebody to ask me a thoughtful question.  That hasn’t happened as much lately as it used to, but the […]

Happy National Grammar Day!

Happy National Grammar Day!

March 4 is National Grammar Day! Hooray! Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do a hilarious hagiography like I did last year, or much of anything really, being too busy correcting grammar for a living. So here’s the next best thing: What would a grammar holiday be without some rousing choruses of Schoolhouse Rock? Bet […]

Giving Up Self-Denial for Lent?

Giving Up Self-Denial for Lent?

Today on a blog that discusses issues of spiritual abuse– the blog in question is directed to survivors of a high-control group that puts a lot of emphasis on finding God through physical suffering, righteous living, and other forms of legalism– a very interesting question was raised in this post: If you purposely choose to […]

Interview with "The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond"

Interview with “The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond”

As you might have noticed, I haven’t had too much time for writing lately, being absurdly busy with work and life. But somewhere in the past few weeks, I did find time to sit down with an up-and-coming blogger known as Mr. Pond for a discussion on music, writing, faith, spiritual abuse, and many other […]

Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Good heavens! Rev. Bosco Peters of Liturgy.co.nz has gone and found it. It’s a St. Peter joke (you know, this guy dies and goes to the pearly gates and he meets St. Peter and St. Peter says….) that actually has good theology. Well, for a St. Peter joke. Have a gander: A man dies and […]

"I Have a Sign": Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“I Have a Sign”: Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“Are you looking for a sign from God? This is it.” — seen on too many church signs In the popular imagination, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist “Church” probably deserve their status as the archetypal hateful ultra-fundamentalist spiritual abusers. (They’re the ones who popularized the infamous slogan, “God hates [anti-homosexual slur redacted]s.”) For reasons […]

"Mick McGuire" is finally here!

“Mick McGuire” is finally here!

It’s finally happened! I’m finally official! The other day I got a surprise package in the mail from Alliance Music Publications. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a great big stack of published scores… with my name on the front! You may recall that “Mick McGuire” is the Irish folk song I arranged […]