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a (true) parable

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:05:07 +0000

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Jewish refugees immigrated to America from Eastern Europe, fleeing pogroms and ridiculously hard economic conditions. Many Americans didn’t trust them. Three (and more) generations back, my paternal family were full-blooded Jews. They also came here in that time period, though from Western Europe (specifically Austria). Somehow, […]

pizza from the heart

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 22:11:31 +0000

A few months ago, a church chose to put shoe leather to their study on generosity by giving a pizza deliverer a $1000 tip. A friend of mine was largely heartened by the action, but was a bit concerned about the fact that it was made public (the church recorded the event and put it […]

oh, be careful little mouth

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:00:57 +0000

DES MOINES, IOWA – On Saturday, presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz made the following campaign promise (if he is elected president): We will carpet bomb [ISIS] into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out. God bless and keep the fighting men and women of the […]

see you in hell

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:41:37 +0000

On Friday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. remarked at a convocation: I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them. “those Muslims” Dear God. “But, but, but,” you say, “Falwell was referring to the Islamic terrorists behind Paris and […]

a nation of laws?

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:17:06 +0000

Since I run in largely conservative circles, I hear often that “we are a nation of laws”. Or, in less serious contexts, that we are to “follow the rules”. Then I read the story of the woman caught in adultery. According to the laws established by God Himself — not just some random schmo in […]

Christianophobia? oh, puhleeeeze

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:23:29 +0000

A friend pointed out this article interviewing author and sociology professor George Yancey on the issue of “Christianophobia” — a term he apparently coined. There are several problems with the theories he espouses that surround that term. Don’t Enable Them While Yancey does delineate between actual persecution (Christians dying and being imprisoned for their faith) […]

my reputation is crap

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:52:45 +0000

A couple of things coalesced in my brain today. In Philippians 3:8, Paul writes: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, In the […]

of rhetorical errors

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:57:33 +0000

If you only have time for one more article on the topic of the Prayer Breakfast, skip this and go read Brian Thomas’ article instead. Not only is he a better writer than I, but he raises a more important point. That said, if anyone is still around, I’m going to riff off (and maybe […]

meh, He’s adequate

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 02:25:13 +0000

The most-referenced passage on the sufficiency of Scripture is 2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. In short, we don’t need anything else. And […]

the real reason behind the cochran firing

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:51:00 +0000

I imagine that nearly all who read this will agree strongly with one of the two sentences in the next paragraph and disagree strongly with the other. I would ask that you read them both before coming to any conclusions about this post. (Actually, it’d be really groovy if you read the whole thing. But […]

what john piper really meant

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:00:24 +0000

If you don’t know me, you may not realize that the title of this post is purely sarcastic. Not being John or God (or even Noël), I have no idea what he really meant. But it’s highly illustrative of my point (and not bad click-bait, if I do say so). So, on Monday, Pope Francis […]

mary, did you know? well, no, not really

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:02:41 +0000

This year has seen a lot of backlash against the Mark Lowry/Buddy Greene song, “Mary, Did You Know?” Some of it has been mere comments that the song doesn’t resonate with the person, but a lot has gone much further into holier-than-thou accusations of Biblical illiteracy or simply mean-spirited Grumpy Cat memes. My personal theory […]

15 Reasons Why the Worship Wars Will Never End

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:29:24 +0000

OK, I have to caveat my brains out up-front, so hang on. Actually, there’s only one reason — both “sides” (what a lovely word in Christendom) of the argument start from the thesis that their way is superior, and then base all their reasoning thereupon. But I wanted to riff off the title of a […]

is it our fault?

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:06:22 +0000

A friend recently pointed out a link on Facebook that strongly implied that a lot of bad things recorded in Scripture are acceptable and met with God’s approval.  This is a very basic logical fail of distinguishing the descriptive (this happened) from the prescriptive (this ought to happen). Surely, no one in their right mind […]

i need to lose my witness

Mon, 12 May 2014 21:00:28 +0000

On Facebook recently, a friend noted Activity A that is deemed acceptable in large parts of today’s society, but which is sinful. He then noted Christians participating in Activity B which, in and of itself, is not sinful, but could be misconstrued as participation in Activity A. He rightly referenced the Biblical injunction to “avoid […]

you’re a what?

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:50:13 +0000

First, a couple definitions, both for the uninitiated, and so that I know we’re on the same page. Credobaptism (sometimes called “believer’s baptism”) is the belief/practice that baptism is a sacrament that occurs after salvation. It follows the examples cited in Scripture (particularly throughout Acts) of new believers in Jesus. It is generally not considered […]

does God hate sin, but love the sinner?

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 04:23:07 +0000

I got into an interesting discussion over on Facebook this evening. A friend of mine (we’ll call him “Mike”, largely because that’s his name) posted a link to this David Platt video, the title of which matches this post. In actuality, the title question isn’t addressed so much as this video is an unpacking of […]

that’s not your job

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:04:06 +0000

(and it’s not anyone else’s either) In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus tells what is commonly referred to as the parable of the wheat and the tares: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came […]

cut short

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:49:24 +0000

I was digging through some old papers tonight, and ran across something interesting. It was two excerpts from the start of a review that I was writing (for TLeM) of Rich Mullins’ posthumous recording, The Jesus Record. Like Rich’s life, this review is far from complete. It has an abrupt stop in the middle and […]

the “gotchas” of free software

Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:37:33 +0000

There is some really good free software out there. I use quite a lot of it. This is partly for the obscenely obvious reason, but also partly because — in the the world of computers — the adage that “you get what you pay for” simply isn’t always true (and, in fact, sometimes it is […]