Doing the opposite of what’s right
March 19, 2015
Anyone who has been touched by suicide knows the depths of despair and suffering which surround the taking of a life. We have also heard and read accounts of those who stopped short of suicide because of the intervention of just one person who took notice, offered hope, and valued life. The story from Shropshire, […]
What we call fellowship others call felonious
March 2, 2015
I walk into the coffee shop on the corner of Main Street and there is almost always someone reading a Bible, devotional or the latest Christian best-selling book. This week its the Benham brothers, next week I’m betting it will be Chelsen Vicari. The point is that we talk about religion freely, openly, and honestly […]
The Year of the Sheep?
February 23, 2015
Is it the year of the sheep or the goat? That is the question. Well, it’s not really a question that those celebrating Chinese New Year are asking but it seems to be a question that many Westerners are stymied by. “”I’ve never thought about that question before,” Chen Xufeng, an office clerk in Beijing, […]
February 19, 2015
Sunday lunch continues to be an extraordinary opportunity for the intersection of unrushed conversation and table fellowship where Christ is made known in the breaking of bread. This past Sunday was no exception. Having launched into and been thoroughly engaged by a new class on the cultivation of a Christian worldview, we invited our teacher […]
Divest from America?
February 9, 2015
The College Fix was first to report that the board of the University of California Student Association approved a resolution that calls on the UC system to divest itself financially from the United States. The UC system has investments totally some $91 Billion and are already subject to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing. But the Student Association does […]
Did you catch what the President did not say?
Like you, I’ve heard what the President said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. But did you hear what he didn’t say? Yes, speaking about the barbaric hideous murderous violence that man perpetrates against man, the President said: “Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on […]
January 29, 2015
Reformed and always reforming, according to the Word of God is one of the mantras that emerged from the Reformation in the 1500’s. However, in the last 30 years, the Reformation slogan has been truncated by some who embrace the “always reforming” idea–without actually holding to either the Reformed theology nor the binding of how […]
Is PCUSA decline just a ‘rummage sale?’
January 28, 2015
The Rev. John Buchanan, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the editor and publisher of Christian Century has said in an interview that the decline of Protestant denominations does not suggest that they are doing something wrong, but that the church is going through a major shift. ““I think we’re in the […]
You stink. Get used to it.
January 26, 2015
I find myself in more circular conversations these days than I’d like to admit. I’m still waiting for even one exchange that spirals up and not down. Just yesterday one such conversation ended with a person calling me names and then adding with physically animated angry flourish, “You literally stink! I can’t stand it!” To […]
Government sets a price on life while others march for it
January 22, 2015
The two headlines reveal the variant values placed on human life by Americans. “March for Life 2015 forty-two years after Roe v Wade we still march on” and “CBO: Saving unborn babies from abortion will increase the budget deficit“ Those who march for life today in cities across the nation recognize the intrinsic value and […]