Critical Grace Theory

This is my spiritual blog. Grace is critical to get us through these disturbing times.

Review of the movie Nefarious

The movie Nefarious is a Christian movie billed as a horror film. I’m not sure it is either. To me, it is a tragedy, and not necessarily in the Shakespearean sense of the word. To explain what I mean by that, I’ll have to tell you how the movie ends. So fair warning. Stop reading…


One way or another, you are salt. You can be salt to slow the decay of the world. Or you can be salt that is trampled on by the decaying world.

Fill your jars

Hard times are coming. Mother can wait no longer. We must fill our jars and tell others to do the same.

Mercy is worth the drive

No one was allowed to publish or perform the piece outside the confines of the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week “on pains of excommunication!” One day while working, I heard a song on the radio about a pub where people would come from miles around just to hear one particular song in the jukebox. Apparently,…

Natural Beauty

Your natural beauty is so much enhanced when the light of God shines through you.

Albert Camus’ The Stranger is a Stranger to Things of the Spirit

I recently read The Stranger by Albert Camus. The main character, for some critics, is admirably stoic, not willing to bend his will to the absurdity of life, faithful to his nihilistic ideals. Some think that Merusault does a heroic job of controlling or ignoring his human emotions because of his firm belief that nothing…

My acceptance of a religious exemption from the vaccines

“Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and give unto God what is God’s.” Luke 20:25 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 I am accepting the religious exemption from the vaccine mandate for teachers in the State of Washington.…

Critical Grace Theory

Grace is critical to the proper functioning of society. Without it, a diverse society will end up destroying itself.

Real Preppers Love Jesus

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be…

Sometimes we try too hard

We need to stop, rest, get down low, humble ourselves, look around and then fly out the door. Jesus is the door (John 10:7). This winter, I got creative and built myself a makeshift greenhouse out of the shell of a carport that we’re no longer using. I just covered it with a $25 sheet…

The Lord who crushes wars is our assassin’s mace

Behold now, the Assyrians are increased in their might; they are exalted, with their horses and riders; they glory in the strength of their foot soldiers; they trust in shield and spear, in bow and sling, and know not that thou art the Lord who crushes wars;

Dear social justice warriors

Are you looking for a group to join that actually believes in the sentence “black lives matter” so much so that there is NO distinction between races? Want to join a family where there is no distinction between classes and no differences between the sexes? Welcome to Christ’s kingdom! If you’re starting to see that…

Spiritual growth from homelessness

I drove past a homeless encampment yesterday and it reminded me of the shanty towns we used to have in America. Especially in the 1930s, there were many thousands who lived in cardboard villages on the outskirts of big cities. I got to thinking about our collective human history and how homelessness has always been…

Build your nest where you’re supposed to

I was working on an old house trying to get it ready to sell. On my long to-do list was the removal of a lot of junk sitting in the backyard. That junk included three old doors with lots of small glass panels. As I was moving things around, I noticed a wasp busily building…

Life’s sinking sun

The truest evidence for God requires faith and sometimes solitude and reflection. Coincidences like that happen more often than we realize. We need faith to be tuned in to them, to experience them. In times of peaceful reflection, such as gardening can bring, we can hear God more clearly.

Jesus was led by the Spirit

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts and the angels ministered to him. Mark 1:12 When the priest proclaims, “The gospel of the Lord,” there are certain scriptures that I find it hard to respond to with…

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