Re-earning Trust

  Once upon a time most people trusted Christians, preachers, and churches. That time has pretty much passed as their trust has evaporated under the scorching heat of our hypocrisy. We live in an age of distrust and suspicion, especially when it comes to the Church and its spokespersons and it’s mostly our fault. “They …

The Essence of Good News Bearing

Irrespective of color, status, or lifestyle everyone deserves to be treated with civility. And there’s nothing more equalizing than the gospel and no one like the Maker of humans to humanize the dehumanized. Rahabs of all sorts need friends––sincere, non-judgmental friends––a rare possession of the dehumanized, to be sure. “Othering” people and befriending them are …

Pondering Things Pure

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” Romans 12:2 (The Message) Paul prescribes a number …

Humanizing the Dehumanized

Prostitution is a dehumanizing path into which most in the trade are deceived or coerced. Selling one’s body for survival is for the desperate, the last resort for the victims of bone-crushing poverty and social marginalization. She is simply human “merchandise” to the heartless broker and the soulless buyer. There’s no way to put a …