What role does God play when disaster strikes?
After taking a special offering for the Haiti earthquake, a gentleman exiting the church paused. “Doesn’t God cause earthquakes?” he asked. “Yes,” I nodded. “Then why are we praying and raising money if this is what God has determined to happen?” Good question. Let’s consider some options: Atheists generally offer a bald scientific explanation to... Continue Reading
Air Conditioning Hell: How Liberalism Happens
Theological liberals do not intend to destroy Christianity, but to save it. As a matter of fact, theological liberalism is motivated by what might be described as an apologetic motivation. The pattern of theological liberalism is all too clear. Theological liberals are absolutely certain that Christianity must be saved…from itself. The classic liberals of the... Continue Reading
Policing The Student Section: Where To Draw The Line?
Basketball is unique among sports with regards to the distance (or lack thereof) between fans and players. This intimate setting, especially in high school and college basketball, encourages fans to creatively get into their opponents’ heads. Two incidents of unruly fan behavior last Saturday, however, have prompted action by institutions and conferences on opposite ends... Continue Reading
Missing the Missional Mark
In September Brent Thomas, pastor of Church of the Cross in Peoria, AZ, took issue with a 9 Marks review of Jim Belcher’s Book, Deep Church. Brent saw the review by Greg Gilbert as not only “snarky,” but also unfair. In fact Gilbert’s review actually received a response from Belcher himself on Trevin Wax’s blog.... Continue Reading
Touchy-feely Ft. Hood Report won’t help protect anyone
The report issued earlier this month by the Department of Defense blue-ribbon panel tasked with assessing the November 5, 2009 mass shooting at Ft. Hood, is — or ought to be – an embarrassment to our government. If this report is used as the basis for developing policies and programs to prevent future such incidents,... Continue Reading
Screwtape and Wormwood visit Broadway
(Editor’s Note: Julia Duin, a Washington Times columnist, was discipled at L’Abri; Play’s producer/star attends Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC) Perhaps everyone by now has at least heard of Max McLean’s production of “Screwtape,” the famous play about the letters of a senior devil (Screwtape) to Wormwood, a junior tempter. I am one of 75,000 people... Continue Reading
Supreme Court Rules: “Congress Shall Make No Law … Abridging the Freedom of Speech.”
The United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Citizens United v. FCC, voting 5-4 to stand by the Constitution and protect our First Amendment right to free speech. Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court, said, “We find no basis for the proposition that, in the context of political speech, the Government may impose... Continue Reading
One of These Things is Not Like the Others
There is something about the name Jesus Christ that drives the non-believer mad. Any reference to the name (or to a quotation) of Jesus arouses in the non-believer a dissonance that cannot be aroused by any other source. I thought about that dissonance – a feeling I used to experience regularly – when I received... Continue Reading
Seen But Not Heard?
Whatever happened to being seen but not heard? Diana West asks that question in a recent essay, noting that there has been a massive shift in Western culture away from adult authority and toward the “wise child.” All around us are signs that authority and wisdom are now to be recognized in the young, rather... Continue Reading
“Give us Faith So We’ll Be Safe:” A Theological and Pastoral Response to the Tragedy in Haiti
How do we who call ourselves followers of the Lord of Life respond to the chilling report that “40,000 bodies have been buried and there could be 200,000 dead in Haiti”? That paralyzing news is what we heard from the report of Shepherd Smith of Fox News. The earthquake in Haiti that has shaken the... Continue Reading