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January 1, 2014

The One About Jesus and Government

Filed under: New Testament, Popular Culture — Karen @ 11:05 pm

Roman coin being the image of Tiberius Caesar
“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”

They said, “Caesar.”

“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.” Matthew 22:20-21 (The Message)

The Roman Empire may not have been the most oppressive government that has ever existed but by American standards, it was pretty bad.



December 21, 2013

WWJD Phil Robertson?

Filed under: Popular Culture — Karen @ 5:44 am

It’s been a rough 48 hours for Phil Robertson. The announcement by A&E was posted around 6:30PM Eastern Time on Wednesday. By 7:15, his name was trending on Twitter. News outlets and politicians immediately jumped on the story to promote their own agenda. By the time that I woke up Thursday morning, my Facebook feed was swamped with defiant statements of support for Phil and his anti-gay comments.

He has been both ridiculed on The Daily Show and treated as a martyr for the First Amendment by religious conservatives. In all the hoopla over his suspension from Duck Dynasty, I have not heard anyone talk about Phil as a human being.

January 27, 2013

The J-Word Part 2

Filed under: New Testament, Popular Culture — Karen @ 11:35 pm

Just because you didn’t get what you want doesn’t mean that you are “persecuted”. It means you can’t have everything. Robert Cargill

I was outraged when I heard that Louie Giglio had withdrawn his acceptance to deliver the benediction at the Presidential inauguration after protest from pro-homosexual groups. In his letter to the White House, Giglio stated that “Neither I, nor our team, feel it best serves the core message and goals we are seeking to accomplish to be in a fight on an issue not of our choosing, thus I respectfully withdraw my acceptance of the President’s invitation.”

Is another evangelical going to back down from participation in the public arena? Did anti-Christian bigots succeed in silencing even an apolitical pastor like Giglio? Should we get used to the idea that we are second class citizens in this “Christian nation” in which we live?

Yes. Yes. And yes.

December 3, 2012

When Church is Hard

Filed under: Old Testament, Songs of Ascents — Karen @ 6:04 am
The Bible wastes very little time on the way we feel. Paul Scherer


December 2, 2012

Help Wanted

Filed under: Old Testament, Songs of Ascents — Karen @ 1:59 am
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:1-2


November 30, 2012

Lying Liars

Filed under: Old Testament, Songs of Ascents — Karen @ 4:30 am
A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find motivation to set out on the Christian way

November 29, 2012

I call on the Lord in my distress

Filed under: Old Testament, Songs of Ascents — Karen @ 5:53 pm

There are some books that stay with you forever. I read Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction when I was in college. It is a book that I have turned to again and again over the past 30 years.

March 13, 2009

living road

Filed under: Old Testament — Tags: , , — Karen @ 3:58 am

“And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel” Psalm 84:5 (The Message) (more…)

January 9, 2009

Cheating Sweatshirts

Filed under: Old Testament, Popular Culture — Tags: , , , , , — Karen @ 4:04 am

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. Psalms 25:21 (NIV) (more…)

January 5, 2009

Theology for Three Year Olds

Filed under: New Testament — Tags: , — Karen @ 3:55 am

During Sunday morning services at my church, pre-schoolers leave the sanctuary for their own worship and play time. Adults take turns leading Children’s Church. My name appears on the list a couple of times a year.

It is a challenge coming up a lesson that is simple enough for them to understand and short enough to hold their attention for even a few minutes. Since it is January, we talked about snowflakes (a rare sight in Mississippi) and the Creator God who makes both snow and wiggly, three year olds. (more…)

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