To speak a lie is to spit at Christ To affirm a lie is to wink at His Passion To spread a lie is to spend the Silver To lie is to spit at Christ
Why am I so hard on Republican Christians? This is why. If you are a true Christian, no, let me say it this way, you are only a true Christian if you have been broken by Christ. Period. That is the benchmark. If you have not been flat on your face, or curled up into … Continue reading The Tares in Power
Some non-religious people who haven't spent time researching the difference between Christianity and Islam seem to think they are pretty much the same. Ancient myths, constructed out of available stories, equally implausible to a non-believer. Essentially the same, equally flawed holy books. But to Christians, that attitude is frustrating in the extreme. It is self pleasing, self validating and … Continue reading May I See Your Receipt?
Author's Note: I am reposting this after Donald Trump's victory. We've heard what he has to say about Muslims. Trump markets in fear. But it is certainly true that horrific violence in the name of Islam is a daily staple of our news feed. So where is the real conversation we should be having? Dear Friends, We don’t know each other. So … Continue reading Open Letter To Muslims In The West
How clueless I am--still--about the Big Things and the Little Details of this life in Christ we share. A shudder of a thought just now, a cold shiver. Tonight, out of nowhere, the workings of Grace suddenly seemed too alien to hold in mind. Here's the twist. Even though I know I'm clueless about grace, … Continue reading Evening Twinge
They were here just a minute ago. Regular readers of this blog, who number anywhere from a starting five to a full bench with reserves, depending on summer vocations, may be wondering at the sudden removal of the most recent posts. If you have posted a like or a comment, I thank you sincerely. But … Continue reading Honey, Have You Seen My Rants?
I rant, I scold, I coo, tickle and poke but I'm not changing any minds here. Okay, something new. Newish. Or at least, more spontaneous. For instance, the first line, with the ranting and cooing just came out and I left it in, even though it invoked parents and children, a subject I'm avoiding; not … Continue reading Know What I’m Saying?
We do not die when our bodies die. Consciousness survives bodily death. Individually, we accept and accommodate this fact. Most of us have had personal experience around death, especially of loved ones, in which inexplicably, something in the room changes when a human being dies. Mind exits body in a loss perceptible on the deepest … Continue reading The Resurrected Elephant in the Room
The Christian life of faith is called the Walk--it is both the Walk of Faith and the Walk with Christ. What we see in the first years of our Walk is in the most charitable sense of the phrase about us. He finds each of us in our personal ditch of pain and dysfunction; most … Continue reading The Long View
And the soldiers (police) likewise demanded of him, saying, “And what shall we do?” And he said unto them, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Take a minute. Think of the the stress put on Christian police officers who follow that particular scriptural injunction. Adrenaline alone … Continue reading Luke 3:14
Note: Going through the blog doing some housekeeping, I found this post in my Drafts file from 2015. As I read through it, I realized that, aside from now bringing Trump into the heart of my nightmares, things are pretty much as was. I could have written it yesterday. Then I realized I hadn't posted … Continue reading Nones of the Above
This is a spiritual exercise that arose out of a morning walk. I've been doing this for a few years now, not as a scheduled practice, but whenever I need a Spiritual recalibration. It requires a safe place to walk undisturbed for half an hour. You will want to turn off your alert survival mindset … Continue reading Something Glorious This Way Comes
"What I always say is, if God raised Jesus from the dead, everything else is just Rock n' Roll, innit?..." London cabbie to N T Wright Amen Amen. It is precisely here, at the most outrageous of claims, the most egregious assault on common sense and experience, that Christianity depends. Dear Brothers and Sisters in … Continue reading It’s just Rock n’ Roll, Innit?…
I think I'm really starting to love this new iteration of the American Liberal. The way you love the happily retarded. Now, the anachronistic slur--not a slur really, as I hope we'll see--is intended only to set a time frame. I worked in the early 1970's at the now defunct Mansfield Training Center for the … Continue reading The Answer’s In the Back
My name is Dan Bennett. I'm a Christian. This blog is, as of its inception, a vanity project rather than Evangelization. It is an attempt to explore what it means to be a Christian in today's world, from a necessarily singular and personal perspective. This seems a truism. Who else could anyone speak for but … Continue reading Introduction