Biblical wisdom includes a technical “know-how”without separating it from an overall knowledge of God and His plan of salvation.
The difficulties we encounter are not part of some earthly purgatory or boot camp for heaven. They are part of the unnatural situation sin has brought into the world, making heavenly realities particularly hard to grasp. Yet, our walk through this life, as difficult as it may get at times, is ordered by the same... Continue Reading
What’s an Exile to Do? Live Your Life Now with the End in View
Peter tells us explicitly to live now in view of the end of all things.
Though we’re exiles in this world, we’re to live as those upon whom the end of the ages has come (1 Cor 10:11). We live in the final phase of God’s redemptive process, in the days of Christ’s reign from heaven on earth. Because we benefit now from His past victories (3:18–4:4) and we’ll be... Continue Reading
Report: Americans’ Obsession With Careers Is Contributing To Our Dangerous Lack Of Babies
What really predicted fertility, the authors find, are attitudes about work and family.
Specific societal and individual values strongly influence birth rates in wealthy countries, not necessarily income or welfare availability. Many demographers have argued that societal values that flatten the differences between the sexes would help boost fertility — for example, if husbands did more childcare and household chores and women had more earning power. Yet this... Continue Reading
What I Learned from Having Covid-19
Getting news we don’t expect or like is one of the best spiritual litmus tests I can think of.
The Spirit lovingly but clearly reminded me that I cannot want the good gifts of Christ’s Kingdom without also bowing my heart to him as King. I’m so grateful that Jesus comes toward us in our lack and our sin, and he uses trials of varying degrees to prune and grow us. Our experience with... Continue Reading
A Picture of Godly Encouragement
Meaningful encouragement is personal, timely, and godly.
No, true encouragement points us to God and His promises. When the text says that he strengthened his hand in the Lord, it’s clear that this is the case when we consider the summary of Jonathan’s own message: “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be... Continue Reading
C. S. Lewis on the Ubiquitous Fallacy that Lies at the Foundation of Modern Thought
"The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became so silly." - C.S. Lewis
“‘At that moment,’ E. Bulver assures us, ‘there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of argument. Assume that your opponent is wrong, and explain his error, and the world will be at your feet. Attempt to prove that he is wrong or (worse still) try to find... Continue Reading
Slavery Old and New: Comparing Early America with Biblical Times
The Old and New Testaments do forbid practices that stood at the heart of the institution of slavery.
Many Christians, keenly aware of the evils of early modern slavery, have suggested that the slavery mentioned in the New Testament was far more humane than its American counterpart. Yet the historical data suggests that Greco-Roman slavery could be just as oppressive and abusive as the later system — and in some ways even more... Continue Reading
Warning Signs About That State Of Evangelical Pop Culture: The Visible, Institutional Church Matters
Enjoy the beats and the bass but let them be what they are: entertainment.
My point here is not to rail against Semler, Botz, or Turner et al. but to note how they illustrate the personality-driven, churchless nature of contemporary evangelical (to the degree that evangelicals are funding Semler’s mission to mainstream the Q of LGBTQ into the evangelical bloodstream) theology, piety, and practice. It is rootless relative to the Great... Continue Reading
The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
The call to kindness is a call to action.
Our Savior’s kindness is not tepid, selfish, or utilitarian. This is demonstrated clearly in the moments of His greatest suffering. Jesus, while bearing the curse for humanity, made arrangements for the care of His mother after His death, prayed for the forgiveness of those who killed Him, and spoke kind words of comfort to the... Continue Reading
The Greatest Christians and the Most Visible Gifts
The captain of a great steamship may have called for “full speed ahead,” but he himself was powerless to actually make it happen.
Might it not be that the effectiveness of sermons depends as much upon the prayers of the unseen saints as the preparation and delivery of even the greatest preachers? Might it not be that true power comes not from the one standing on the stage but the one kneeling behind it? Might it not be... Continue Reading