I read this book in two days. Two days. I simply could not put it down. 197 pages of a heartfelt plea that has been on my heart for many years. Unlike Chris Kratzer, I was scared to write it down. It wasn't my book to write.
In Leatherbound Terrorism, Chris Kratzer is a modern day voice of one crying out in the wilderness of white, conservative, Evangelical Christianity, paving the way of the Lord and His grace. I consider Chris a friend and a kindred spirit. For hundred of years, religious legalism has tried to offer the body of Christ all manners of religious tradition, legalism and Bible-thumping, graceless preaching and teaching to solve the problem of sin. Chris pulls no punches in calling out those who have abused the power of the pulpit and politics. He accurately lays out the very things that have rendered the modern church useless and and ineffective.
Chris was a pastor for many years, buried deep inside of the man-made solutions to the spiritual problems of the world. H…
My most dreadful amusement park ride experience came at the hands of "The Pirate." The Pirate is a big boat that swings back and forth like a pendulum. I have only ridden on it once. On that one day I lost about $.87 in change, my Polish Sausage Dog (post digestion), and my wits. I can hang with any roller coaster, but the Pirate got the best of me.
My spiritual life can be likened to a pendulum. It swings back and forth, from one extreme to the other. I have been way Baptist or not at all; way charismatic or not at all; I am not sure why I have to be all one way or all the other. I have not yet achieved balance, and I think I know why.
I have what I will call, "Spiritual ADHD." Let me explain what I mean.
I have a stepchild with ADHD. I used to believe that there was no such thing. I believed that ADHD kids just lacked discipline, boundaries, and consequences. After living with Matt, I am coming around in my beliefs. Discipline, etc. can help, but even still, simp…
week, America bid a fond farewell to George Herbert Walker Bush, best
remembered as our 41st President of the United States. I liked
President Bush, personally. His economic policies backfired, but I will never
forget the interruption of my TV program in 1991 when President Bush
confidently informed us that we had begun Operation Desert Storm and were now
at war with Iraq and the inhumane regime of Saddam Hussein. A lot of my friends
were there, fighting in what we now call, “Gulf One.” I remember having great
respect for our President during that difficult time. He didn’t apologize or
make excuses. He laid it out for us Americans. I will never forget that.
Yet as we paid our respects, there are many who took to Social Media insulting the late
President, his policies, and his legacy. Why do we always default to hatred? A family lost their father and grandfather. We can't respect that or consider the family during their grief. Where does all this collective hatred spring f…