Ferguson and My White-Looking Son

I’ve watched the horror in Ferguson, MO unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder what it will be like for my son as he grows into a young man.

Because he is white-looking, I fear my son will grow up in an environment that is hostile towards white males. I do live in the south where racial tension and strife have plagued our history. So what if we end up doing just the thing we’ve fought so hard to stop? What if we, black... Continue Reading

Did Paul Teach that a Rock Followed the Israelites in the Wilderness?

First in the series responding to Peter Enns' "Aha Moments" questioning the inerrancy of Scripture

As for the second problem, even if this Jewish “tradition” was extant in the first century there are serious doubts about whether 1 Cor 10:4 demonstrates Paul’s adoption of it.  He may well be doing a biblical – theological exegesis of Exodus 14-17 in the light of Psalm 78:14-20 (e,g., “he splits the rocks . . . and gave them abundant... Continue Reading

The Wrong Kind of Christian

There is no amount of niceness or progressive sympathizing that will remove the reproach of the gospel.

It didn’t matter to them if we were politically or racially diverse, if we cared about the environment or built Habitat homes. It didn’t matter if our students were top in their fields and some of the kindest, most thoughtful, most compassionate leaders on campus. There was a line in the sand, and we fell... Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins

In response to Dawkins' assertion that it is morally good to abort children with Down syndrome

And so, Dr. Dawkins, I’d like to invite you to dinner. Come spend time with my children. Share a meal with them. Before you advocate their deaths, come find out what’s worthwhile in their lives. Find out if the suffering is worth the joy. I don’t want you to come over for a debate. I... Continue Reading

Dark Days for a Pastor’s Wife

One pastor's wife shares her recent experience of troubled times

A pastor’s wife, who normally encourages church members in their struggles, sometimes finds herself in difficult circumstances where she is the one in need of ministry. This is not a comfortable place for her or for those who look at her as unflappable. It may be unsettling for new Christians to see mature believers stricken. Here is my experience. Deep WatersApril: Troubles within... Continue Reading

Christ Did Not Die for You to Do Keg Stands

Here are a few suggestions on how to begin formulating a Christian response to drinking on our college campuses.

Some Christians go farther than Scripture in condemning alcohol. The Bible celebrates wine as a gift from God (Isa. 55:1; John 2:9) and good for your stomach (1 Timothy 5:23). I’m not convinced that the Lord’s Supper was strictly the unfermented stuff (1 Cor. 11:21). But let’s not trade one overreach for another. Christians who enjoy... Continue Reading

Singing God’s Words or Man’s Words?

The question puts us on the horns of a false dilemma.

Are there hymns that are divinely true because they convey the accurate meaning of God’s word? If they accurately capture the sense of Scripture then we are dealing with God’s truth, and not merely “man’s words.” The truth of God’s word gives rise to truth:    Years ago I was asked the following question by... Continue Reading

What I Wish I’d Been Taught In School

What subjects do you wish were taught at school? What subjects would you drop or reduce?

I think things have improved somewhat in some schools over the years, but there are still huge gaps of basic practical living and vocational skills that no amount of algebra, physics, history, and psychology can make up for. With all the inertia, vested interests, and stagnant thinking in the educational system, I know it will... Continue Reading

A Better Sermon Will Not Help You!

I wonder how often we come to worship, consecrate ourselves to be students at the beginning of the service, hear a faithful presentation of God’s Word, swear to obey, and then do the opposite

“We are informed but incorrigible. Our heads and mouths are filled with God’s Word, but it does not affect our hearts and feet. We know what to do, but do it not. And in the end, our miserable existence is made more miserable. We heap sin upon sin and wonder what is wrong with our minister, our church, and our holy religion. On Sunday... Continue Reading

Of Course Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed

Blaming “courtship” for “dragon” fathers, spineless spinsters, and poor young men who are getting crushed by the courtship machine seems extreme

“Perhaps there are homeschooled girls out there who have been brainwashed into mechanical responses or an inability to have an opinion. I don’t know many of them. It’s easier to say, “no,” to a guy when you know you don’t want him than it is to have the whole thing go to dad. So my... Continue Reading