Ashamed of the Gospel? <br/> A Case Study of Teen Mania and Works-Based Doctrine

Ashamed of the Gospel?
A Case Study of Teen Mania and Works-Based Doctrine

By Eric Pazdziora Note: This post was written in 2011. Since then, in what one Christian magazine fairly described as “a stunning fall,” Teen Mania Ministries has closed its doors permanently, following a precipitous loss of support amidst allegations of abuse and financial mismanagement. In a discussion with Teen Mania’s communications director a few years prior, she admitted that “enrollment […]

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Among the many All Hallows’ Eve festivities at The Hog’s Head (which you ought to visit if you haven’t) was a friendly competition to come up with poetic epitaphs for characters from the Harry Potter series. There were lots of really good entries, both original and re-appropriated, some entertaining and some very moving. I contributed a few trifles […]

Did I Miss God's Will for My Life? (By R. A. Torrey)

Did I Miss God’s Will for My Life? (By R. A. Torrey)

Originally published in The King’s Business, June 1913, pp. 292-297. I recently received a letter from one who is evidently an earnest Christian woman but who was in a condition of great depression because some years ago, when in college, she felt that perhaps she was called to go to China but did not want to go […]

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

This just in from the Department of Really Awesome Things that Made My Day: Yes, kids: it’s the heartwarming adventures of mischievous little John Calvin and his possibly imaginary sidekick Thomas Hobbes. Imaginary because he might not have been born for another century or so, but who cares, this is fantastic. (Fun fact: Bill Watterson […]

Recommended Reading: Worship and Spiritual Abuse (again)

Recommended Reading: Worship and Spiritual Abuse (again)

Yes, they’re my two favorite subjects to write about, apparently, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I like to read about them. Here are some good things I’ve found lately on the subjects of worship and spiritual abuse, and (in one case) both together: Things that Will Make You Think: Songwriter Matt Blick (whose Beatles […]

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

For everyone who’s seen me play with Thornfield, there’s an inevitable recurring question after each show: “What in the world is that thing?”   <— (me)   <— (that thing)         The somewhat anticlimactic answer is that it’s a Melodica. It’s not exactly the most common instrument in the world, though a […]

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

Fifth in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Carrie Elizabeth Ellis Breck (1855-1934) was a natural poet. Although she claimed she had no sense of pitch, she wrote more than 2,000 devotional lyrics while holding down the full-time job of homemaker and mother to […]

What It's All About

What It’s All About

This weekend, an anonymous commenter left this message on my most recent post on Quivering Daughters, a piece debunking legalistic teachings about clothing, entitled Garments of Salvation. Needless to say, I was completely floored and left pretty close to tears. I seldom see such a deeply touching reminder of why I do pretty much everything […]

Garments of Salvation

Garments of Salvation

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of […]