The Year of the Sheep?
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, […]
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?
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 […]
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?’
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.
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
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 […]
Lost in translation? Why language matters to genuine communication
Like all those in Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination track, I took courses in Biblical Greek and Hebrew in seminary. The rationale is that teaching elders should be able to translate the extant texts of the Bible from the languages in which they were originally penned. I readily admit that I did not “keep” much of […]
God works in mysterious ways, and over time
Have you ever wondered “why?” “Why me?” “Why not me?” “Why this?” “Why now?” “Why would God allow ______?” If so, read on…. This is an excerpt from Aggie Hurst, Aggie: The Inspiring Story of A Girl Without A Country [Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1986]. Get the tissues… In 1921, a missionary couple named […]