Writing

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Poems by Eric Pazdziora. Oddity found on poemhunter.com.   I. Lines Found Scrawled on the Wall of an Abandoned Abecedarium Abe, he see the effigy, Age-eyed, shaky elemental peak— You are rusty, you veer, Double your ex-wife’s sea. II. Trial Triol I shot a man in Reno; I shot the sheriff. I fought the law […]

The Land Without Stories

The Land Without Stories

I’m delighted to announce that my short story “The Land Without Stories” has been published in a brand-new anthology entitled New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories.  Edited by my brother John, who has a freshly-minted PhD in literature from St Andrews, and his colleague Defne Çizakça, the book is a collection of literary criticism and literary specimens […]

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a pastor, author, and WWI military chaplain, best known today for his classic devotional book My Utmost For His Highest. His less familiar books include a study of the book of Job entitled Baffled to Fight Better. Chambers addresses the problem of why God allows tragedy by contrasting Job’s friends’ assured religious platitudes with Job’s […]

On the Directionality of Thumbs: A Tribute to Roger Ebert

On the Directionality of Thumbs: A Tribute to Roger Ebert

One of my favorite writers died this week. For the first time in quite a while, next time I want to see whether I might be interested in a new movie, I won’t get to see what Roger Ebert thought about it. And that makes me even sadder than I thought it might. It might […]

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

How much should a Christian tip? That might seem like kind of a wacky question, though I’ve been asked it before. If you read much theology, you’ll cover topics like Incarnation and Ineffability and Predestination and Hypostasis. Lessons in Tipping don’t come up often except, well, in the real world. The question is on everyone’s […]

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

(Originally published in 2010 as a guest post on “The Cult Next Door.“) Legalism. It’s one of those nasty words that everybody points to as an example of religion gone wrong. Everybody knows that you shouldn’t be a legalist. Everybody knows that legalism is unbiblical. Everybody would be affronted if you called them a legalist. […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

How Does Jesus Love You?

How Does Jesus Love You?

In May 2010, Hillary McFarland invited me to write a guest post for her lovely website Quivering Daughters, which offered healing for victims of Spiritual Abuse within the so-called “Biblical Patriarchy” movement. Not knowing at the time that this would turn into an unlikely recurring ministry for me over the next two years, I decided to get a […]

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

From the files of things I’ve been doing lately, here’s one I’m especially happy with. For my day job — which, for those who don’t know, involves  web content and music for an African American Christian publisher — I  got to interview an extremely talented storyteller named Anita Singleton-Prather who’s created a fun series of […]