I really debated whether to enter the fray on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Between mommy blogs and Christian commentators, what could I add to the conversation that will edify anyone? Then, I encountered an impressively bad argument. Continue reading Beauty and the Bad Argument
Three weeks ago while preaching through the book of Ruth, I highlighted that Boaz demonstrated himself to be a profoundly godly and extraordinary man because he—first—knew the law and—second—went beyond it when he allowed Ruth to glean under his watchful care. Then I told them, “And you’ll never know why Boaz is so extraordinary if you don’t know Leviticus. For that matter, you can’t really understand your Bible unless you know Leviticus. That’s why it’s my favorite book of the Bible.”
We are a storied people. We are shaped by the stories that we tell. This is James K.A. Smith’s idea of ‘cultural liturgies.’ It is in recognition of these cultural liturgies that I have cultivated a practice of intentional liturgy. I think the big question comes down to this: are you consciously liturgical? Continue reading An Old Dusty Story: Ash Wednesday
Yesterday, on Ash Wednesday of 2017, I posted an article written by Carl Trueman, a professor of Christian theology and … Continue reading To Ash or Not to Ash; Why Even Ask?