The Battle for Privilege

I was tempted to write something about the dismissal of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was relieved of his duties as my hometown’s top fire fighter due to (ironically) incendiary comments he made in a self-published book. Here in the South, religion and politics make for combustible bedfellows, and it’s easy to rattle off […]

Independence Everyday

Today is the Fourth of July, the annual day when America stops to celebrate itself. And we’ve much to celebrate – one of the youngest and yet most influential nations on the planet, we are pretty much the geopolitical equivalent of the Millennials: we came into the game early, believed we belonged, proved ourselves despite […]

Pray for Mark Allen

Some of y’all who read this blog know who Mark Allen is. Some of you have no idea. This should get you caught up to speed. Mark has been hospitalized recently, and though he’s doing better, he could still use your prayers. This weekend, his wife Shannon had planned a retirement party for him – […]

The Lure of Small Gods

“When your god is small, you can still be the biggest thing in your world.” I heard that on Sunday. It’s been in the back of my mind ever since. Small god. Small God. It’s a fascinating thought. I can’t get it out of my head. See, I know people who worship the small God, […]

Freedom

Certain topics wind there way into your brain and have a way of camping out there. I was able to preach this past Sunday at my church, and given that the Fourth is this week, our theme for the day was freedom. I sat down to study freedom in both a biblical and cultural context, […]