Do We Hate Our Bodies?

The other day I read an article written by a hospice chaplain from South Carolina entitled “What the dying really regret.” The author interviewed an elderly woman who was dying of cancer, who said: “I know I’m supposed to hate my body…Everyone told me — my family, my school, my church. When I got older,… Read More Do We Hate Our Bodies?

Song of Songs – The Mystery and Majesty of Human Love

Background – Interpreted for centuries by most Jews and Christians as an allegory about the love of God for His people, modern commentators hold that this is a story about human love, which secondarily reflects the perfect love between God and His people. Though God is never mentioned, His presence permeates the book. There is… Read More Song of Songs – The Mystery and Majesty of Human Love

A Christian View of Marriage

“Marriage is like a three ring circus; engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffer-ring.” Anon. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Irina Dunn, Australian feminist, 1970 “The nuclear family must be destroyed… Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process.” — Linda Gordon, American feminist… Read More A Christian View of Marriage

The Conditions of Discipleship

Webster defined “condition” as “anything called for before the performance or completion of something else.”  A condition of graduation with an MDiv, for example, is the satisfactory completion of a certain number of courses and mastery of a certain basic body of information.  Dr. Mike Mitchell postulates several conditions for discipleship, including self denial, renunciation,… Read More The Conditions of Discipleship

When a Christian Ends His Own Life

My wife called me at work several weeks ago; the morning was good but the news was not. Our daughter had been perusing her friends’ posts on Facebook and saw some from one family that were unclear but disturbing. We called them, close personal friends for over 15 years, and learned that their oldest son… Read More When a Christian Ends His Own Life