Longing for the Divine

Posts by Craig Ashton Jr.

Abortion: You, Me, and Religion

Some have suggested that the woman caught in adultery in John 8 was the prostitute Mary Magdalene, who had been sexually exploited and abused by Simon, her uncle. What if this abused and embittered woman had become pregnant? How would Jesus have treated Mary and the men who accused and abused her?

Understanding God

Jesus is a co-equal manifestation of God’s love. If the Father is just like the Son—that is, if Jesus revealed what God is like—this is the most amazingly good news there could be.

Babylon vs. Jesus

When Daniel was in Babylon, he prayed facing the direction of the Temple site where God’s name was placed. Likewise, we need to always keep the character of God in view when we are in Babylon. God’s presence, character, and reputation are what matter most.

Vegetarian as Evangelism

Given the traditions of my Jewish and Hindu friends and the sensitivity of my vegan friends who demand compassion for all creatures, they would be highly offended if I consumed factory-farmed pigs and cows while advocating and otherwise adhering to Biblical principles of love, mercy, and compassion.

For Wonder, Glory, and Beauty

To find our inner beauty and dignity, we must know what priestly garments were like. We may not literally wear linen breeches, a big hat, or an ephod, but we must see how these sacred vestments can be of service to us today. Our spiritual garments should reflect God’s glory and beauty.

Nadab & Abihu, Alcohol, and Meat – Part 2

I vividly remember the day my father became a committed Christian. I helped him remove all the bottles of alcohol from the entertainment bar in our basement, and then we dumped them onto the ground in the backyard. I was a young boy, but that moment with him made a deep impression on me.