G.K. Chesterton is one of the those authors who I have way more quotes from than I do books. Which of course, simply means that I need to buy more of his books. I've read perhaps his most classic work Orthodoxy, and it is probably in my top three books of all time. Chesterton is... Continue Reading →
Giving from Gratefulness not Guilt
As I’ve written on before, there are few areas of the Christian life where I feel more tension than when it comes to giving. Is it wisdom or self-reliance that leads me to want a thick savings account? Is it greed for this world or joy in the goodness of it that makes me desire... Continue Reading →
Jesus and Guns Don’t Belong Together
I’m not a pacifist. I believe in Just War. I absolutely believe in the use of deadly force to defend the innocent. And, I lean in favor of self-defense to save one’s life (not one’s property). Further, I’m not just a gun owner, but an owner of guns. Rifle, shotgun, handgun, I’ve got them all.... Continue Reading →
People Pleasing or Christ Serving?
Recently, I was reading a commentary on Galatians by co-founder of the Center for Pastor Theologians, Todd Willson. Chapter 3 of the commentary (dealing strictly with Galatians 1:10) is titled “People-Pleaser or Servant of Christ?”1 As the title suggests, Wilson is setting those two concepts in opposition to each other. Either we are good servant’s... Continue Reading →
Should the Universe’s “Fine Tuning” Really Surprise Us?
I’ll never forget my second week of college philosophy class. It was during this week that I became aware that as a committed religious person I was in for a long semester with my religiously hostile professor. To be clear, my professor was amazing. Still to date, he was the most engaged teacher I’ve ever... Continue Reading →
The Core of the Bible and the Challenge of the Quran
When it comes to American Christians and Islam there tends to be three predominant camps that people find themselves in. One of these groups expresses itself with a kind of xenophobic nationalism which seeks to keep Muslims as far away from the American identity as possible. Another camp flows along with the progressive spirit of... Continue Reading →