Guest post on "Quivering Daughters"

Guest post on “Quivering Daughters”

Well, well. It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything here, due mostly to the general busyness of life and work. (When you edit eight hours a day, it’s sometimes a bit hard to work up the energy to write in your leisure time.) That however didn’t stop frequent commenter Abigail from surprising me with […]

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 […]