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Department of "Wait, What?"

Department of “Wait, What?”

Ring… Ring… “Hello, Department of ‘Wait, What?’.” “Yeah, it’s me. Hey, it’s been a long time since I did a ‘Stuff and Nonsense’ post, and I think I’d like to put in some ‘Wait, What?’.” “We’ve got that. What would you like?” “How about politics?” “I just remembered why I don’t like to talk politics.” […]

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Over at the redoubtable Internet Monk blog, Chaplain Mike (carrying on for the sainted Michael Spencer) just posted a splendid piece about worship. It’s exceptional, in all the many meanings of that word. He emphasizes the necessity of congregational involvement and the false dichotomy of “form vs. freedom” (because every service has a form!). I […]

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

By Eric M. Pazdziora Once upon a time on Mother’s Day, the preacher at whatever church we were attending made this remark: “Proverbs 31 has been used, probably more than any other passage of Scripture, to beat women over the head.” One can certainly see his point.  How many times have we seen women struggling […]

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 […]