“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever” opined the famous French general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. American society today seems to have taken him at his word. We are told to dream big, take chances, and make our mark on the world. To be remembered in posterity, “write something worth reading or do something worth… Read More The Christian Community in Society
The first food and drink ever consumed on the moon was bread and wine in a Christian communion No matter the opposition, the testimony of the Lord will not be denied. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. He was the second human to walk… Read More Communion on the Moon
The resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter morning was physical, not just spiritual. Likewise, Christians do not live eternally as disembodied spirits, we will have perfect physical bodies. During our recent trip to Athens, Anna and I wanted to see some of the key Greek places mentioned in the Bible. Philippi and Thessalonica were too… Read More Adventures in Athens – A Bodily Resurrection
Isaiah describes the “marriage” between God and His people. Christians can learn much for our marriages as well. My youngest daughter was fighting a virus that sapped her strength and made her miserable. Good movies brighten her mood, and soon we were enjoying the six-hour British Broadcasting Company (BBC) version of Pride and Prejudice. Based… Read More A Land Called Married
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?
She moved out just over one year ago. Things had been tense for several weeks, especially since her sister had visited. We didn’t know why, but I could hear the tension in Jane’s (not her real name) voice, and see her almost continually locked door in our basement. We tried to understand why she seemed… Read More Our Persian Sister
A group of Orthodox Jews walked by while I was waiting for my children to get off a roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in 2013. The men wore beards and yarmulkes and the women wore modest skirts and head coverings. Dozens of children flitted around, excited and energetic despite the heat of the day.… Read More Judaism
How and why Christians should engage in the arts at church, at home, and in all areas of life. **Source Images for the The Church, the Arts, and Shaping the World for Christ.** Return of the Prodigal Son – Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) Susanna and the Elders Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari (1654-1727) Utrecht School The… Read More Christianity and the Arts
FAITH AND SCHOLARSHIP: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN INTELLECTUAL? Years ago my wife and I were buying Christmas gifts for our children and we ran across some information cards that proclaimed in bold letters “It’s OK to be smart.” I was a little surprised that anyone would think that it is not… Read More A Christian Intellectual
Some Christians believe that the Old Testament (OT) prophets are thought of as men who only predicted a distant future revealed to them by God. Either the coming of Christ or the book of Revelation and the end times (or both) are seen as the main message of the Old Testament prophet. Some critical scholars in the past… Read More The Old Testament Prophets – What Did They Do?