Amusing Ourselves to Death: Revisiting the Prophetic Work of Neil Postman
It’s pretty obvious that our digital age, in innumerable ways, aggravates our social and political distemper.
Postman’s analysis of technology is prophetic and profound. He warned of the trivializing of our media, defined by “broken time and broken attention,” in which “facts push other facts into and then out of consciousness at speeds that neither permit nor require evaluation.” He warned of “a neighborhood of strangers and pointless quantity.” That’s a... Continue Reading
The Mayflower Mystique: Remembering the Pilgrims
As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of its arrival, what accounts for the Mayflower’s mystique?
On September 6, 1620, 102 of them sailed for America. Based on Hebrews 11:13, William Bradford, their second governor, dubbed them Pilgrims; the 1587 Geneva Bible referred to Old Testament believers who lived by their faith in God’s promises as pilgrims and strangers. Their 66-day voyage across the Atlantic was arduous; one passenger died, and... Continue Reading
David George – from Anxious Runaway to Zealous Pastor
This abrupt and incomplete message was the catalyst God used to change George’s life.
Today, George is remembered as a pioneer of Black churches in North America at a time when Blacks were often ostracized by white congregations. He was also instrumental in founding a Baptist church in Freetown and in keeping the peace during frequent conflicts. His vision, in North America or Africa, stayed the same: “May the... Continue Reading
Joni Eareckson Tada on Health, Healing and Heaven
Those who suffer deeply are often the ones who have the deepest and closest walk with the Lord.
Whether or not you are familiar with Joni and her ministry, it is hoped that these quotes will spur you on to get more of her books or watch more of her videos. The depth of wisdom and spiritual understanding found in them are a real source of inspiration and encouragement. That suffering is something... Continue Reading
Jay Adams, Author of ‘Competent to Counsel,’ Called Home to Glory
Jay Adams, 91, was called home to glory on November 14, 2020
A wag once introduced Adams as “a man who has never had an unpublished thought.” With over 100 books to his credit, few authors have been as productive as Jay Adams over a lifetime. While many books dealt with counseling issues, other books covered a surprising spectrum of issues including theology, hermeneutics, Christian living, a... Continue Reading
My Son, My Dear Son, Has Gone To Be With the Lord
Yesterday the Lord called my son to himself—my dear son, my sweet son, my kind son, my godly son, my only son.
Yesterday Aileen and I cried and cried until we could cry no more, until there were no tears left to cry. Then, later in the evening, we looked each other in the eye and said, “We can do this.” We don’t want to do this, but we can do this—this sorrow, this grief, this devastation—because... Continue Reading
Missionary Rescued & Captors Killed
American missionary Philip Walton was rescued October 31 in Nigeria by the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team 6.
Walton apparently was rescued quickly, thanks to CIA intelligence and collaboration from Nigeria and Niger, partly out of fear that his kidnappers could sell him to Islamist militants common in Niger and northern Nigeria. Christian aid worker Jeffery Rey Woodke has been captive four years since kidnapped also in Niger. Italian Catholic priest Father Pier... Continue Reading
“He Stood Up for America”
One moment from a teacher can often last a lifetime.
One class—one student—at a time, teachers possess amazing power to shape a life and a belief system. Mrs. Drew did that for me. She told of a country that aspired to unimagined heights despite a terrible birth defect. At no point did she ever recommend destroying the country any more than parents of a special-needs... Continue Reading
I Am Calvin University’s First Openly Gay Student Body President
“I’m honored to be Calvin’s first openly gay student body president…”
A few years ago, I never thought that I would be coming out to the world through my school newspaper at my Christian university…But my legacy will invariably be different, because I am Calvin University’s first openly LGBTQ student body president. I’m bisexual. I’ve also questioned if I was a lesbian in the past. Usually,... Continue Reading
We Are Pro-Life Evangelicals For Biden
Prominent evangelical leaders have just released a statement urging pro-life evangelicals to vote for Joe Biden.
Third, not just abortion but poverty, lack of health coverage, racism and climate change are also pro-life issues. The statement notes that the official public policy document of the National Association of Evangelicals (For the Health of the Nation) says: “Faithful evangelical civic engagement and witness must have a biblically balanced agenda”. Therefore the new... Continue Reading