4 Qualities of God-Honoring Work
Because of the curse, your job may involve painful toil and yield little satisfaction. But you can glorify God where you are by your heart attitude.
Work that is truly Christian is work well done. Genesis 1 logs God’s commitment to excellence when it says, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the... Continue Reading
How Everything Became About Race, Gender, and Identity
I think “Cynical Theories” will prove an important resource and rallying point for those who refuse to bow the knee to the ideology of race, gender, and identity.
Yet I am still convinced that Cynical Theories can and will prove an invaluable resource in better understanding the world as it is right now and in helping us understand why Social Justice cannot and will not provide justice and equality for everyone. For that reason it receives my recommendation. You can’t read the... Continue Reading
We Need Another Storyline to Put Ours in Perspective
Christians embrace the Christian story, situating their personal stories within it and thus orienting themselves according to its overall storyline.
In “When the Stars Disappear,” Mark Talbot encourages readers to digest the lessons of some of the Bible’s great saints who, when faced with similar trials, learned to continue believing and hoping as they realized that God in his steadfast love continued caring for them. How We Orient Ourselves We orient ourselves by means... Continue Reading
What Did Jesus Teach about Politics?
If we take the lordship of Christ in our lives seriously, then we should seek to apply that lordship to our participation in politics.
I have studied politics most of my life. And like so many, I have lived and died over the many victories and defeats that come with modern campaigns and legislative battles. But the older I get, the more clear it is to me that the most significant thing I have to say about politics is... Continue Reading
Why Was Satan Allowed to Torment Job? (Job 1)
God is impressed not by Satan’s extraordinary abilities but rather by Job’s character.
What is surprising is his theology. Is God in the business of dealing with Satan? Or, worse, is God in the business of giving authority to Satan? Worse still, is God in the business of giving Satan power to do evil to good people? The answer to those questions is “yes.” But the key to... Continue Reading
The Unholy Pursuit of God in Moby Dick
Ahab’s pursuit of the whale is not a righteous pursuit of God but natural man’s futile attempt in his hatred of God to destroy the omnipotent deity.
Some argue that Moby Dick is Melville’s symbol of the incarnation of evil itself. Certainly this is the view of the whale held by Captain Ahab himself. Ahab is driven by a monomaniacal hatred for this creature, this brute that left him permanently damaged both in body and soul. He cries out, “He heaps me,”... Continue Reading
John Owen’s Ministry to Young Christians
Owen spent a great deal of time with teenagers and young adults as the primary focus of his preaching.
Owen had high expectations for the spiritual potential of younger people. From the beginning of his ministry, he thought carefully about the ways in which Christian children should be formed. In 1645 he published two catechisms that outlined the principal themes of the Christian faith. The Potential of Young Christians John Owen specialized in... Continue Reading
Truths and Lies in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
We wrongly tend to attach that word liar to a specific kind of liar.
We think liars are dishonest lawyers, cheating used-car salesmen, and drug addicts. They are instead pastors, news commentators, and doctors of philosophy. Liars can also be silent. That is, what defines the liar is not just the speaking of lies but the loving of lies. God is true and every man a liar. Liars,... Continue Reading
Law, Grace and Redemption in Les Misérables
We will consider three of these twice-told vignettes to see how they develop the drama of Valjean’s redemption, of his struggle between the equally pressing demands of law and grace.
While one may easily get lost in this literary labyrinth — literally, too, as Jean Valjean, the novel ’s hero, scurries about the streets of Paris with Javert the police inspector hot in pursuit — the artistic genius is evident at every turn. Virtually every major scene, for example, is doubled, finding a poetic and... Continue Reading
Recovering Bavinck’s “The Christian Family”
Bavinck wrote "The Christian Family" in a day animated with revolutionary spirits.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) found himself confronted by a society increasingly hostile to human flourishing according to divine design. Sufficiently alarmed, he busied himself with a counteroffensive, which has been passed down to the anglophone world under the title, The Christian Family. The family was in trouble, and one... Continue Reading