Responding to the Loving Voice of God

“If I disobey, God will burn me for it.”   That was more or less what my grandfather — a self-described “West Texas Gospel Preacher” in the Churches of Christ — said to me in the doorway of my parents’ home in my mid-twenties.  He had visited my parents’ house over the holidays to admonish us […]

Paul, the “S” Word, and Turning the Church Right-Side-Up

The aging Apostle Paul breathes in the damp air of the cell around him. It is pungent with body order and human waste. Whether imprisoned in Rome or Ephesus – I lean toward Ephesus1 – the conditions would have been equally distasteful. Still, Paul’s mind wanders not to his own circumstances as much as it […]