KILLING GODS IN THE DESERT

In Roman culture, the first “atheists” were these peculiar Christian types. They rejected the influence of the gods in their lives, a kind of fulfilled Socratic vision with the Nazarene, Jesus, at the center. This was the pre-Christian world; a world filled with pagan idolatry and sexual governance because most of these Roman gods contained some…

Idolatrous Goat Weirdness

Let me explain. Tonight I was talking to my students about a fairly cringe-worthy subject related to idol worship; the whole context of the classic who-do-you-say-that-I-am business in Matthew 16; and beastly, sexual awkwardness in the public square of the Phillippi Jesus took his youth group (disciples) to. Jesus was asking the question in the…

How to Win Enemies and Alienate Democracy

Does anyone else find it interesting when talking heads in media say things like “the people have decided,” or “America has chosen her next President,” whenever the percentages are something like 49% to 51%? Just recently in the UK, commentators were doing the same thing over Brexit, shouting over and over again that the “people”…

Winning Millennials For the Kingdom of God (part 2)

As the old saying goes: “the purpose of the gospel is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable*.” I was seriously concerned that I sounded too passionate whenever my literature professor brought up the gospel narrative, but I almost couldn’t help it. Jesus, as I have experienced it, was intoxicating. He was, and is,…

Coke Cans or Van Goghs? by James Sharpe

Hey guys, Jon here. I’m so happy to feature a short essay from James Sharpe today. James is a philosophy student at the prestigious Wheaton College, and is published in numerous online magazines and blogs. His insight in the world of advertising and communications is especially insightful. Please enjoy: Maxx Barry wrote a book you’ve…