Don’t Speak. Say.

There’s a sense in which you don’t understand anything until you concretize it. There’s a sense in which you’re not saying anything until you concretize it. If I say “Place”, I’m not saying much. If I say “Victorian style home on Michigan Avenue in Chicago,” I’m saying more. In communicating, strive for the concrete. “Climb […]

ScribblePreach Awards 01.07.2016

From the Pub: On Fairy Stories Against the idea that fairy stories are merely an escape: “Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he […]

Postmodernism Isn’t All Wrong.

We protestants don’t need a full-throated rejection of postmodernism. Postmodernism, as the term implies, is “over modernism.” Well Amen to that. Who liked modernism? Do we really see Biblical warrant for an unbiased, unlimited rationality belonging to the human race? That’s a failure to see our sin. Postmodernism is right: sin makes communication impossible, or […]

Is the Bible Corrupt?

This question could be taken from different angles, but try this: The culture surrounding the Bible makes it unlikely to be corrupt. Think of the constitution. We revere it. Every word matters. We don’t even consider it divine. It’s unlikely to me that 500 years from now, we’ll have a corrupt version of the constitution […]

ScribblePreach Awards 12.17.2016

Hey All! Thanks for being a ScribblePreach reader. I love being able to serve you every week through your e-mail inbox. Seriously. It’s an honor, and I have fun doing it.  In order to keep ScribblePreach strong, many of you have helped support ScribblePreach at my Patreon site this year. Thank you! Through your partnership, […]

ScribblePreach Awards 12.10.2016

From the Pub: The Unconscious Dogma “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. It says, in mockery of old devotees, that they believed without knowing why the believed. But the moderns believe without knowing what they believe – and without even […]

Y’all – A Most Excellent Noun.

Y’all is a most excellent noun (or ya’ll, depending). It’s biblical, even. Most of your Bible, in fact, consists of y’alls, not you’s. So many times we feel the burden of weight meant for a community on ourselves: Paul doesn’t say “You” pray always without ceasing. He says “Y’all” pray always, without ceasing. Jesus didn’t […]

ScribblePreach Awards, 12.03.2016

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ScribblePreach Awards 11.26.16

From the Pub: Made for Another World “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite […]

The ScribblePreach Awards 11.19.16

From the Pub: The Thing “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate […]