The No Kool-Aid Zone Blog

I Don't drink the Kool-Aid. For anyone.

A midterm soliloquy.

Clarity: 7 Stanzas at Midterm

November 16, 2022

Hail! The midterms are here; Let us greet them with cheer, As we suffer this national frump. We’ve got problems galore, Folks in pain, and what’s more, The Dems run D.C.; one big clump! ___ The border, inflation, Too much crime in our nation; The voters will know who to dump: Pelosi, and Schumer, And…

Photo of Byron Harvey for his article titled, "Yes, I'm Still a Conservative."

Conservative? Yes, I’m 62 and Unequivocally Still a Conservative*

July 1, 2022

Conservative Politics Silence I have not had a lot to say about political things recently. Oh, sure, there’ve been a few cultural issues (which have political implications) upon which I’ve weighed in, but when it comes to partisan politics, I’ve been pretty silent. Get used to it. Politics occupies way too large a place in…

Leaving the Church over Roe?

June 30, 2022

A friend recently shared with me a piece of correspondence he had had with a young lady whom he had known since childhood. In her note to him, she shared her anger and frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, and one of the things she said and reiterated is something I’ve heard…

On Roe and Motives

June 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, and predictably, there are people who are thankful and happy that this has happened–I am among that number–and others who decry the decision. We knew this was coming, and so it’s no surprise to anyone. Some who support the decision have reacted inappropriately; I…

What Can we Do?

June 3, 2022

I haven’t had anything yet to say on the recent spate of horrific mass shootings, the most recent being the killing of four in a doctor’s office in Tulsa. One main reason is that I’ve decided that since the “hot take” is often the WRONG take (which doesn’t stop many from insisting on speaking, often…

On Sermons and Supreme Court Justices

March 19, 2022

As I write this, I am preparing to preach tomorrow, a passage from Colossians 2 on the subject, “Don’t Follow the Rules”. As always, I’m excited to dig into what the text entails, ferret out its meaning as best I can, bridge its timeless truths into the 21st century context in which we find ourselves,…

Hello world! How about a radical idea?

By Paul Oyler / March 20, 2004 /

As all of us are aware, we live in an age in which marriage is under
attack from many different directions. Cutting to the chase, the
most recent widespread such attack is the one which most clearly and
dangerously undermines the institution itself, and that is the
proposed radical redefinition of the very concept of marriage.

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The purpose of this debate….

By Paul Oyler / March 20, 2004 /

The purpose is this, and I guess I’d say it’s several-fold:

1. To awaken Christians to the seriousness of the issue–and maybe,
just maybe, in the process, to get them to think about the other
issues related to God-honoring marriage

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Xenos Christian Fellowship

By Paul Oyler / March 20, 2004 /

A while back, on a Saturday night, I went to Xenos Christian Fellowship
in Columbus for their Saturday evening service, what they call “CT”
(“Central Teaching”). Goofy name, to be sure, and they have NO
MUSIC, which bums me, but what a COOL church

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chaordic church?

By Paul Oyler / March 20, 2004 /

Len Sweet loves to use his newfangled words (“chaordic” – huh?), but
he is onto something. The early church was a MOVEMENT in many
respects; the contemporary church, in even its most contemporary
manifestations, I fear (Willow Creek, Saddleback, etc.) is an

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