A Christian view on how and where we find and build our identity. “To be a Turk is to be a Muslim” our Turkish tour guide announced during our tour of the Seven Churches in Revelation. I asked him why he believed that, and he replied that since Allah made him a Turk, clearly Allah… Read More Whence Identity?
No one’s birth is an accident. The hand of the Sovereign God governs all. A recent op-ed bemoaned Brexit and the state of the British government. The English author opined that the prime minister was weak, Parliament was fractious, and once respected democratic institutions were losing public trust. Against this gloomy backdrop, one which has… Read More Accident of Birth?
Every society includes the good, the bad, and the complacent. Isaiah shows us what to be, and how. A small, fractious, religiously dominated country was paying tribute to a rich empire with an advanced military. In a fit of hubris, the oppressed people stopped sending their wagonloads of gold, hoping that a neighboring nation would… Read More The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent
What is spiritual power? How do you get it? How do you use it? How do you give the glory to God? A patient came to me in tears. As a child she had suffered abuse, alcoholism, and even rape. The Christianity she had known was stern and foreboding. Images of the past were hard… Read More Spiritual Power
An acrostic on being a man, based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is Easter weekend, 2017, a time to celebrate the most important event in human history; the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also consider how the work of Jesus impacts our daily lives. Many of the “powerful” in America in 2017… Read More To Be A Man
Do we trust God to do our will for our lives, or His will? Do we know what is good or wise better than He does? The teenaged son of a good friend seems to be wasting away; not of cancer, AIDS, or drug addiction, but of an inability to keep down what he eats.… Read More Whose Will?
Does American society and culture favor men or women in 2017? In the race of life, who has the lead? How do we decide? Prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump, a controversial man and president, my oldest daughter sent me an interesting New York Times article entitled “Republican Men Say It’s a Better Time… Read More Who has it better?
My wife Nancy and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary last week, and I have been reflecting on our years together. She works from home, raising our five children, and caring for her high-maintenance husband. She is utterly precious, and I value her more than diamonds or rubies. Almost every day throughout these years, Nancy… Read More How was your day?
Our church regularly performs Infant Dedication, a ceremony in which the parents dedicate themselves publicly to raise their child as a Christian and the congregation dedicates itself to supporting the parents in this holy work. Parents choose a special verse for their child, one intended to guide them in the ways of Christ through their… Read More Living While Dead
Yesterday a friend and I were driving to the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Our conversation ranged from memories of school to challenges at work, and in this election season, included a little politics. America has fielded its first major party female candidate, Hillary Clinton, and if current polls are correct and persistent,… Read More A Tale of Two Women