How to Hope In the Lord

It seems like every day there is more bad news.  It’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed and worried.  We start to wonder: How do I respond? What do I do?  Am I doing enough?  Is everything going down the tubes?  Why is everything so crazy? These are natural questions in trying times.  Typically, what we’re looking for is “the answer.”  If we get “the answer” we can alleviate our stress and feel better about everything.  Unfortunately, “the answer” we come up with … Read More

There Is No Matrix

It’s almost Christmas, so naturally I was thinking about The Matrix. (It’ll make sense; I promise.) In the 1999 blockbuster, Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that he is living in a computer-generated simulation of the real world. His body is trapped in a creepy pink pod along with billions of other humans while his mind lives inside the simulation.  This virtual world—the Matrix—was created by sentient computers as a way of turning humans into batteries.  The Matrix is a prison … Read More

Thanksgiving and the Good Samaritan

Last night I was having my weekly class on the Gospels.  My professor taught about the Good Samaritan and told a story of a time he was hanging out with Heidi Baker in Mozambique.   Heidi dropped him off at a particular spot to pray and then went to do some errands.  While he was there praying, a boy came up and tried to sell him a coconut.  He was somewhat annoyed and, after many denials, finally got the … Read More

2020, High School, and Awe

Remember high school?  It’s this strange world all its own.  When you’re on the inside, it’s all that seems to exist.  The events have staggering implications. We have to know who’s dating who, whether or not that person likes us, and our decisions are often driven by the need for acceptance.  We talk about graduating and going out to the “real world” but when you’re in high school, that itself feels like the real world.  The people that do graduate … Read More

Frozen 2, Pantheism, and the Matchless Beauty of Trinitarian Love

Let’s take a break from the Corona craziness and do some movie theology! My kids love Frozen, so when Frozen 2 came out, it was a huge deal.  There’s a lot to love:  super powers, friendship, singing, a talking snowman, etc.  Isaac is currently obsessed with the Frozen 2 soundtrack. As a former English teacher and now pastor, I can’t help but want to analyze the themes a bit.   In Frozen 2, Elsa, one of the two heroes, … Read More