Thanks John for the invite! I'm excited to read and write as part of this community. I had a blog but retired it when I came back to the United States earlier this Fall. You can still check it out at www.watchinggravity.blogspot.com.
Right now I'm going to Seminary and working at a church, a very large church of 2,000 people. It has been a good but frustrating experience. I'm the "part time interim youth pastor" and the job really requires two 40 hour positions. Not one 20 hour position! (That gives you some insight about where I am right now in regards to the church!)
The following is based off a conversation I recently had with some friends, so I can't take full credit for the idea, just thought I would throw it out there.
It is ironic, in the church, that the ordinary has become frightful and the extraordinary mundane. We don't like to or can't talk about sex, marriage, money, or even going to the bathoroom! These are the things of everyday life that are taboo topics from the pulpit and in Christian circles.
However, the extraordinary, the creation of the world, oracles of prophets, Biblical miracles,and the inspiration of Scripture, are common subjects of discussion.
Why is it that we can talk so freely about God becoming man but not about sexual relations between humans? The ordinary scares us and the extraordinary does anything but.