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Elementary School, College, and the Open Road

Elementary School, College, and the Open Road

It was time to write another installment, but I’d his something of a rut in my research. There’s a public elementary school across the street from the church where during certain seasons of the year I and several others spend our Tuesday afternoons running an after-school Bible club. Desperate for new material but only willing to invest minimal effort, someone suggested I pick out a 5th grade boy and ask him my questions. So I did. One of my favorite little urchins wears Jordans, never sits down, and never stops talking, so I told him to sit down and be quiet. I had some questions I wanted to ask.

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Where I live a nearby town has adopted what seems to me a rather odd annual custom. Each fall a local nonprofit organization sponsors an event referred to as the “Zombie Walk.” It’s a simple idea really. People sign up to participate in the walk and they recruit others to sponsor them. On the appointed day participants don elaborate makeup and gruesome costumes, meander down city streets, and masquerade as the walking dead among the living. It is of course all in jest, poking fun at our own mortality as it were, and for the benefit of a number of good causes. The money raised by participants is donated to a number of local charities several of which are, ironically, supported by my own church. Thus one might suggest that the “Zombie Walk” serves notice that even the culture at large is capable in some small way of redeeming the unfortunate reality of death…

Lost at the Mall and Other Parental Contradictions

Lost at the Mall and Other Parental Contradictions

Nailed it! After all these years I’ve finally confirmed what skeptics have been telling me for years. The Bible is full of contradictions. In fact, Jesus contradicted himself. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus scolded religious lawyers who taught people it was better to give their money to the local synagogue than use it to care for their aging parents (Matt. 15:4-6). Honor your parents. Don’t gyp them! But how does that square with the account of another individual in the gospel of Luke? Being asked to follow Jesus he responded, “Let me first go and bury my father.” In surprising contrast to Matthew 15 Jesus told him his excuse was unacceptable. “Leave the dead to bury their own dead” (Luke 9:60). That’s harsh…and it contradicts Matthew 15. Thus the Bible is clearly whack.