The “Prototype” Christian

There is no such thing as a 'typical' Christian.  That was a profound wake-up call for me as a relatively cloistered White Southern Appalachian-American Holiness Pentecostal believer coming of age in the tumultuous '70's.  In those days, maintaining our 'testimony' was the primary qualifier when deciding on dress, conduct toward the opposite sex - pretty … Continue reading The “Prototype” Christian

No Fence on Mars Hill

There's an alarming trend taking hold in the modern church.  It's not really new - it happens every time something 'upsets the apple cart'.  Liberty itself seems perpetually under threat, and the source of that instability is us.  We are a study in paradox, maybe the greatest of which is our insatiable curiosity alongside our … Continue reading No Fence on Mars Hill

What’s This Salvation Thing, Anyway?

Every major religion touts some sort of salvation.  The Buddhist is forever in search of Nirvana, the Muslim seeks to merit favor by submission and good works, Oriental religions seek to maintain purity of cultural thought and uniformity.....the list goes on and on, but there is a common thread - almost all religion points to … Continue reading What’s This Salvation Thing, Anyway?

Thoughts on Being a Christian Gentleman in a Carnal Culture

One of the great frustrations that many people have with the Kingdom of God is the apparent disconnect between Christian ideals and Christian conduct.  The poison pill in all of this is that dreaded straw man known as hypocrisy.  It is not just a metaphorical scriptural stumbling block (Mt 18:5-7, et al), it is a … Continue reading Thoughts on Being a Christian Gentleman in a Carnal Culture