Psalm of the Face

Dictionaries tell us that “shame” is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. What things in your life are causing you to experience shame? This week. Right now. When we feel shame we generally wish to turn away from those with whom we normally feel safe but before whom we now feel distant […]

If Jesus Did Not Rise . . .

John 20:11-18 tells the story of Mary Magdalene who, upon discovering the empty tomb, is unsure of what has happened and is clearly panicked by the idea that the Lord has been “taken away” (John 20:13). First she must deal with Jesus’ death, and now the possibility that someone has stolen his body, perhaps as some cheap stunt. Whatever hope […]

The Blind Side of Things

There is a messy reality about life that we Christians too easily wish to whitewash and pretend is not real. For some reason it appears to me that conservative Christianity in the modern era is far more concerned with a kind of piety that seeks to categorize life in neat little boxes and drawers. The Southern Baptist Convention’s recent decision […]