Paul Zahl’s “One-Way Love”

“One-way love is… irrational because it reaches out to the specifically undeserving person.  This is the beating heart of it.  Grace is directed toward what Scripture calls the ‘ungodly’ (Rom. 5:6).  Not just the lonely, not just the sick and disconsolate, but the ‘perpetrators,’ the murders and abusers, the people who cross the line.  God has a heart–his one-way love–for sinners.  This is the problem with Christianity.  This piece of logical and ethical incongruity and inappropriateness is the problem with Christianity…  It is also the New Testament account of grace: God’s one-way love is a love that acts independent of all response to it yet at the same time elicits a response…  When grace comes in, when it rewrites the script, when its light shines in the basement of the house that is ourselves, unbuilt to God, grace demolishes and creates.  It does what it promises.”

Man, I miss having this guy as my professor…

Paul Zahl “Grace in Practice


I Deserve to Go to Hell (that’s what a buzzfeed quiz told me)

Are You Going To Hell?

  1. You got: You’re not going to Hell!

    You may be not going to Hell, but chances are you deserve to. Come on, really? It’s 2014. Leave your views in the middle ages, dude.

And with that I received my eternal destiny from Dave Stopera over at  In a moment of weakness I let go of the good news of John 3:16-18 and came to him to receive my judgment. Continue reading

Community is Back!!! (also some thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With creator/showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm, Community is back to it’s former creative genus.  More than this, it’s back to providing us with numerous insights into the human condition. Continue reading

tired of the hype…


“Awesome…”  “Passion…”  “Unique…”  “Radical…”  “Relevant…” “Missional…” “Life Changing…”  “Transforming…”  “Growing…”  “Life-equipping…”  “Living-Your-Purpose…”

Is anyone else tired of Church hype?  Above are a scattering of words picked out from some church websites.  Judging from each page you’d think that these churches are individually ushering in the second coming of Christ.  Is anyone else growing weary? Continue reading

What the Church Could Learn from Greendale Community College


I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge fan of the  show Community.  The biggest reason I love it is that for all its off the wall hilarity, it offers a surprising depth and insight into the human condition.

Community3x08_0019More than this, Community even offers some themes that from a Christian standpoint give me pause.   This is especially true in the episode “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” that I came across in recently in a marathon viewing session.  In this episode, Jeff Winger offers a definition of the Church that beats anything I’ve come across in my life. Continue reading