Author Archives: pstrobus

About pstrobus

The product of a youth misspent in libraries. I realized early that language is important and that words have a great deal of power and so I listen for the shape of the ideas as well as the words.

I Renounce Them

In the rite of baptism we “renounce the devil, all his empty promises, and all his wicked ways.” It can seem like an empty gesture, but let me tell you about one of those wicked ways: white supremacy. Continue reading

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Participial Christianity

Somewhere along the line we picked up the notion that God is best understood in etherial, unemotional terms. This notion is, frankly, stupid and even the grammar of the bible tells us so. Continue reading

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Oh Little-Faith

The King James version echoes through all subsequent English translations (for better and worse). Part of the worse is how we’ve mishandled “O Ye of little faith.” Continue reading

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The Crops of That Place

In the early church people went out into the desert to wrestle with what it means to be human. They raised crops and traded for what they could not raise. This gave them a few insights about growing where we’re planted. Continue reading

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Unfurling the Word

We have been encouraged to see the word as a static thing to be seen and possibly studied but not as something full of life. The Psalms point to a different reality, a moving, breathing, blessing, and unfurling word. Continue reading

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Weedy Wheat

Us v. Them is a distinction we learn early and apply often in life. But this distinction is exactly the opposite of the way God deals with us. Maybe there’s a lesson in that. Continue reading

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