Anger Met with Tears

My grandson had not yet learned to distinguish between my correction and my rejection and he assumed the worst.

“Guys, when we pray it is time to listen, not talk.” I spoke in a normal, conversational tone. Immediately, one of the boys erupted into inconsolable tears—pitiful, barely-being-able-to-breathe silences followed by ear-piercing screams. Grief that came from the depths of his soul.    My son-in-law was praying before dinner at our home. Meanwhile, my four-year-old twin... Continue Reading

Relevant, Old Paths

Biblical values are relevant in every generation.

My father’s values were old, traditional values. But just because they were old and traditional didn’t necessarily make them good. They were good values because they were biblical values, and biblical values are relevant in every generation. But although they are relevant in every generation, they are disappearing from the rising generation.    My dad... Continue Reading

Supreme Court lets Stand Texas Ruling on Gay Spouse Benefits

In June, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision favoring spousal benefits for gay city employees in Houston, ordering the issue back to trial.

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to reject Houston’s appeal of the Texas court decision came without dissent or comment. The case began with a coalition of religious and socially conservative groups suing America’s fourth-largest city in 2013 to block a move to offer same-sex spousal benefits to municipal employees.   The U.S. Supreme Court on... Continue Reading

Prayer: Evangelism & Prayer

We should prayer for the unsaved, pray for their salvation, and pray for our efforts in evangelism.

What compels us to pray when it comes to evangelism is the belief that only God can save the sinner. If we are convinced that the gospel really is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe (Rom. 1:16-17), we should be asking the Lord to take the message and use it... Continue Reading

Less Than Half of US Evangelicals ‘Strongly Agree’ With Core Evangelical Beliefs: LifeWay

"There's a gap between who evangelicals say they are and what they believe."

Among those surveyed, only 24 percent considered themselves to be an evangelical Christian, while 12 percent were unsure and 64 percent said they were not evangelical. Meanwhile, 29 percent considered themselves to be a “born-again” Christian. Although 24 percent of respondents claimed to be evangelical Christians and 29 percent claimed to be born again, the... Continue Reading

Brexit for Dummies (and Hope for Visionaries)

I have been persuaded to give a (relatively) succinct summary of what Brexit is all about.

After years of being in support of Britain’s membership of the EU when the referendum came I, (like David Owen the arch Europhile and former Labour foreign secretary and leader of the SDP) changed my mind and voted for Leave. The article I wrote on this went viral and was read by hundreds of thousands... Continue Reading

The Education Department’s Staffing Diet

Is Betsy DeVos trying to starve public education or save it from gluttony?

Nat Malkus, an education policy expert with the American Enterprise Institute, argues DeVos’ approach is consistent with the department’s original goal: “The Education Department’s lawful purpose has never been to prescribe policy, but to support states’ efforts to provide education, and further, to support a diversity of state-devised efforts.”   (WNS)–The Education Department workforce is... Continue Reading

Moral Combat: How the Sexual Revolution Infiltrated the Church

Griffith argues the sexual revolution was closely tied to religion and divided American Christianity into competing camps she calls “progressives” and “traditionalists.”

The most interesting part of the story for many conservative evangelical Reformed Christians may be the least familiar—the story of why liberal Protestants moved within 50 years from supporting traditional sexual morals to endorsing sex outside of marriage as a positive good.   At a moment when sexual harassment scandals have given both the church... Continue Reading

Unashamed Allegiance: My Tribute to R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)

This was R.C.’s goal: a heart that is stunned and humbled and captivated by the transcendent greatness and purity of God.

Over time, when you heard R.C. do this kind of thing repeatedly, you realized such serious and rigorous attention to the text was owing to his total devotion to the inerrancy and radical relevance of the Scriptures. He didn’t believe that the message of biblical texts was innocuous and unexciting, and therefore in need of... Continue Reading

Prayer: How to Pray

We are to come before God with the acknowledgment that whatever the request, the outcome will not come about because of our own wisdom or efforts.

Paul tells us in our passage to “continue steadfastly in prayer.”  We are not to grow weary or discouraged as we offer up those prayers that do not get answered as quickly as we would like.  We are not to give up and lose heart; rather, we are to persevere in our petitions, because through... Continue Reading

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