I’ve decided to put my wishes on the record before it’s too late
There will be no “he was a good man” or “celebration of life” nonsense. I am not a good man, and celebration of life funerals are for those who have no hope in eternity and wish to drown out that noise with the best alternative they have. Christians ought not celebrate at the closing of... Continue Reading
An Open Letter to My Liberal Friends
What could be more selfish than the rhetoric of the pro-choice movement?
“And so I spent yesterday scrolling through your photos, coming to the painful realization that nearly every woman I know is not only pro-choice—I’ve known that for years—but proudly pro-choice: so proud that you will happily parade your pro-choiceness all over the world and proclaim it on all of your social media pages, as if... Continue Reading
Greater Age Brings Greater Responsibility
Throughout the Bible, God associates aging with responsibility
“With aging comes the responsibility of maturity. No matter our age, it’s our responsibility to act that age. No matter how old we are or how long we have been Christians, we need to grow up and keep growing up.” Aging is a universal reality in this world, for as time progresses, we progress... Continue Reading
Someone Has to Pay
I am troubled by President Trump's executive order temporarily barring certain refugees.
I can't help but think of the Jews who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 on the MS. St. Louis only to be turned away by my country because they were deemed a security risk. A Nazi spy previously tried to enter the U.S. pretending to be a refugee. This led to fear and paranoid fueled by the media, and thus these Jewish refugees were denied sanctuary and forced to return to Europe. Out of the 900+ passengers on the St. Louis, 254 were killed during the Holocaust.
5 Facts About Human Trafficking
There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Most trafficking in teens is for sex slavery. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. According to Shared Hope International, children exploited through prostitution report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night, though some service providers report girls having been sold to as many as 45 buyers in a night at peak demand times, such as during a sports event or convention. Utilizing a conservative estimate, a domestic minor sex trafficking victim who is rented for sex acts with five different men per night, for five nights per week, for an average of five years, would be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of her victimization through prostitution.
Why Liberty of Conscience Must Exist for Individuals
In the sphere of private business and the professions, it is the Christian individual, not a secular institution, who is the actor, and thus is the sinner where sinful action is required.
Compromise with SOGI laws leaves Christians other adherents of traditional morality in an untenable and finally incoherent position. If Christians cannot contribute to sinful behavior and yet remain faithful to God, then not only Christian institutions but also individuals in business and the professions cannot facilitate sinful behavior without being unfaithful to God. When there is no protection from SOGI laws in a given occupation, then that occupation is effectively closed to faithful Christians.
Fighting Abortion is Not the Fourth Sign of the Church
Don’t gauge your pastor or his church by a single issue, as radically important as it may be.
But here’s the deal. Do not think that just because a pastor doesn’t make abortion his No 1, front burner issue, that it is justification to judge, or worse, vow never to sit in a pew again. The context of the pastorate, particularly for solo pastors, simply does not permit any one man to make... Continue Reading
Mixed Emotions–Radical Options
While marchers claim that “women’s rights are human rights,” the organizers refuse the rights of “pro-life” women to march with them, and deny the human rights of unborn women.
The sacred place of abortion – we will fight to protect reproductive rights” read a large banner – is a modern expression of ancient pagan Gnosticism. Behind the “correct” PC language, total amoral sexual freedom is today’s goal. Many of these “rights” are a rejection of normative creational sexuality, which is exactly what the Gnostics... Continue Reading
7 Ways to Do Political Punditry Wrong in a Polarized World
This post isn’t about one thing, but about everything that grabs our attention in a social culture built on perpetual outrage.
We have to be honest with ourselves and ask some hard questions: Is my passion to see the kingdom come and the church grow or is it mainly to see my side win elections? Do I think revival and spiritual renewal come mainly through political victories? Am I blinded by disgust for the bad guys (whether that’s Fox News, MSNBC, The New York Times, National Review, Hollywood, flyover country, or whatever) that I’ll defend to the death whatever they seem to be against?
A Few Observations From My Recent Time in the Pit
It’s a bit difficult to trace back when I started going off the rails. But I know that last week the clouds began to break a bit.
The Spirit used these words to draw me to Zephaniah 3:17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) and Psalm 103. Places that have been a life line for me time and time again. And again I noticed in Psalm 103 how God’s love for me, His dealings with me, is not fundamentally determined by my performance but by His settled decision to cast unremitting and eternal love upon me. That’ll blew me away. And the clouds started to lift.