Envy Always Wins

Envy is the lost sin; how can it be cured?

What’s the cure for envy? Charles Spurgeon said: “The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and... Continue Reading

Your Naked Truth

We all, men and women, fall for this lie: that beauty is something to be consumed.

There are few opportunities on this side of eternity where we get a taste of this experience with beauty. But I believe Christian marriage is one of them. It comes from a sacrificial, sanctifying love through the years. It comes through moving past the youthful, original attributes that attracted us to one another, to a... Continue Reading

Is Your Parenting That Different From The People You Mock?

Does anybody tell their kids 'no' anymore?

Is such parenting becoming rarer? I recently heard of a college administrator who met with a student and her mother regarding plagiarism charges. Much to the administrator’s surprise, the mother calmly explained that the daughter should not be punished because … wait for it … it was the mother who had plagiarized when she did... Continue Reading

Conservative Professor Granted Promotion After Seven-Year Battle

Criminology Professor Dr. Mike Adams’ seven-year quest to earn his promotion at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington has finally come to a successful conclusion

In 2000, however, Adams reconsidered his atheism and became Christian. His conversion led him to publicly speak out on conservative issues, including through a column on Townhall.com. “After this, he was subjected to intrusive investigations, baseless accusations, and the denial of promotion to full professor even though his scholarly output surpassed that of almost all of his... Continue Reading

Erskine Board Calls Paul Kooistra as President

Kooistra has been Coordinator of Mission to the World since 1994, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America

Kooistra, who has headed Mission to the World (MTW), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, since 1994, previously served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo. He has gained a reputation for transformational leadership in challenging circumstances.   The Rev. William S. Cain, chairman of the... Continue Reading

Government Survey: Gay Population Smaller than Previously Thought

Less than 4 percent of the U.S. population identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual

This is the first time since its inception 57 years ago that the NHIS has included sexual orientation in its questions. The survey documented many of the setbacks and disparities faced by individuals who identified as something other than heterosexual. The survey was considered a victory by members of the LGBT community and an important step for... Continue Reading

I ‘Really’ Had a Dream: A Pastor Shares One of His Own Death

What was important and very vivid in the dream was preparation for my funeral

I wanted two passages of Scripture written out in full so that everybody passing by could read them: Romans 5:1 and Matthew 10:28-31. I wanted my name on the marker, but I wanted those verses to be as large as my name. And it would contain only my name and birth and death dates, without... Continue Reading

Is The Christian Life More Like Colorado Or Nebraska?

Does the New Testament promise us that the Christian life is a series of extraordinary emotional experiences?

The mountains are breathtaking and memorable but they are more the exception than the rule. The Christian life is more like a quiet state highway on the plains interrupted by quiet small towns, a few stop lights, followed by more highway. It’s occasionally striking but mostly it’s ordinary and that’s fine. Ordinary is alright.  ... Continue Reading

Married Men: Your Porn Habit Is An Adultery Habit

We don’t even need to refer to Scripture to figure out the simple equation that porn equals adultery

Porn will not make you a better man. It will make you smaller. It will make you a liar. It will kill that instinct inside you that calls you to protect and honor women. It will turn you into something you never wanted to be. It will turn you into a sneaky, shameful pervert. It... Continue Reading

My Mother Doesn’t Live In Town

Four thoughts and blessings that have come into my life even if my mother doesn’t live in my town

If I was planning my life, my mother would live next door, have Sunday dinner with us (at least!), help my kids with science and math homework, babysit a couple evenings a month, give me advice on my garden, and tell me honestly if the new pants do make me look fat. At times, I... Continue Reading