Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’
(Below is an interview by Rick Lawrence for GROUP Magazine with myself and Greg Stier, founder of Dare2Share Ministries. The original can be found here. It has been reproduced here with their permission.) Forty years ago, when GROUP was an infant, the “rules of …Read More
The mega-mart craft store where my wife loves to shop won a narrow victory today in the Supreme Court. They cannot be obligated to pay for their employees’ contraception needs. And I’m left with mixed feelings. First of all, few things are ever simple. Never …Read More
I grew up Protestant. Evangelical Pentecostal if we need to have exact labels. We were the good kind of Pentecostals – as opposed to the bad kind of course. We read the Bible. We memorized it. We took it seriously. I always won at Sword …Read More
Seems like a lot of folks are mad these days. Just check your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you haven’t noticed.
Growing up, I don’t remember any Christians being mad at anything. We weren’t engaged, and we were happy. Racial issues were for “those people in the South” to deal with. Issues of sexuality were never talked about. Women’s rights were an “interesting discussion” that some folks in New York City were having. And Al Gore hadn’t invented either the internet (so we could follow these bad things) or Global Warming.
Life was good!Read More
Discussing whether or not we should be part of a local church is similar to deciding whether you should call yourself a Christian or not. It’s complicated. Every word depends on what that word means to you, and to everyone reading the word. Descriptors, clauses, parenthesis, disclaimers and every other form of nuance are required, and misunderstanding is still likely.Read More
Try this one for an all time great Bible trivia question with someone who knows the scriptures well. “What was Jesus doing in the temple when he was 12 years old and his family left town forgetting him there?”
Never mind the hilariousness of the holy family forgetting Jesus (Luke 2:41-52), or that it took them three days to find him, or that Jesus didn’t seem to mind…or…oh, so many funny things here. But back to the trick question – what was Jesus doing in the temple?Read More
This is the first in my series “Who is the Man?” Asking the question of who Jesus was. We can’t fully know who he is now, if we don’t understand who he was then.
He was a man. Duh! you say. Well, not so fast. Many of us grew up in a form of Christianity that highlighted Jesus’ deity and downplayed his humanity. We always said that “he was fully human” but I’m not sure we believed it.Read More
The question for the ages – who is Jesus? It’s my question almost daily as he continues to impress and surprise me. But he also confuses me, annoys me, angers me, encourages me, and in every way…astonishes me. Who is this man?
I’m going to write a series of short blogs on this over the next weeks (as I attempt to write my new book – this is what I do when i have writers block, which is most of the time).Read More