Culture Category

Twitter in Community

In: Culture, Friends, Soma, Worship

I’ve been using Twitter for a year or so now. When I first joined up, it was in the middle of the throes of people who “got it” by using it primarily as a push mechanism and those who were n00bs because they were still using it to tell people where they were instead of […]

Amidst Unnecessary Conflict

In: Culture, Me

This is something I’d written down earlier this year while I was going through a series of conflicts within an association I’m involved with. I wanted to share it with you: Humility w/o foolish surrender. Temperance without compromised values. Dialogue without useless bickering. These are things that I seek but for all my efforts, the […]

I watched Star Trek the reboot at the Alamo Village on May 7th at 7:00pm in 4K digital projection (which is astounding by the way… probably going to go there for ALL movies from now on… the clarity is incredible). Being a closet Trekkie my entire life (well, while I was younger, I was an […]

Over the Rhine

In: Culture, Friends, Media

Tonight I had what I consider one of the best musical experiences in my life. I saw Over the Rhine at the Texas Union Theatre with my wife and two great friends. If you haven’t heard of Over the Rhine, I commend them to you for a variety of reasons – whether you be a […]

Polemic on Christian Politics

In: Culture, Issues, Worship

I hesitate to write this article for a variety of reasons: The likelihood of offending brothers and sisters in Christ is great (though I do not wish to do so) My views are contrary to the norm and may be used as fodder by enemies of the Cross to prove points I do not support […]

Another infection that rears its ugly head in American Christendom is our tendency to define our faith by what we don’t do rather than what we do. “I don’t drink, I don’t chew, I don’t go out with girls who do.” I know, I know – this is an old saw and we’ve improved over […]

Loving where God has placed you

In: Culture, Worship

Austin has been hot lately – the 100s have been the norm for a good while now. Supposedly we’re about to have a turn for some relatively cooler weather. It’s amazing how easy it is to get excited about 92 when it’s been 102 or higher for what seems like weeks. In most parts north […]

The worst sinner I know

In: Culture, Me, Worship

I’m the worst sinner I know. It’s true – I don’t know of anybody who is a greater sinner than I. Paul called himself “the chief of sinners” – I feel the same way. I know of nobody whose heart is as dark as my own. I know of nobody whose thoughts are as bereft […]

Yesterday’s post concerned the “Preface” (not the introduction… too many introductory sections in books these days). Today, I’m going to comment on the actual “Introduction” which is by the co-author, George Barna. I struggle to comment on this introduction by Barna because, once again, I believe him to be sincere and, in no way do […]

I am not a person who likes to meet other people very much. I am (as I’ve stated multiple times in this blog) a rather anti-social individual. This, of course, begs the question… why on earth would God pick me to help plant a church? Surely there are more qualified people (yep). Surely, He could […]

Hopefully, you see in these writings a man who is staying The Course and pursuing The Path amidst the pitfalls and selfish ways of being a son of Adam. I pray earnestly that my writing would encourage some of you by showing you that this journey - though arduous and sometimes tragic - is a journey of great satisfaction. A satisfaction greater than our greatest imaginings. The trials and refining fire of tribulation are to be recognized as a small shadow of the suffering of our Savior so that we can rejoice, as Peter and the disciples did, to be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Name.