Harvard’s Mission Drift: the elevation of an atheist to the post of chief chaplain
Remember “Mission Drift”? It was a book by Peter Greer, Chris Horst and Anna Haggard in which they offer empirical data and stories about the drift of many Christian churches and organizations over time. Beyond forgetting their first love, these organizations and institutions leave the narrow way for any number of pursuits that conform to […]
Primer on Israel: What are the various views Christians have of Israel today?
(Originally posted October 2016) Last week, Israel’s last living “Founding Father,” Shimon Peres, died. His death reintroduces into our American newscycle the very recent history of the nation of Israel and current realities facing the Jewish people in the Middle East. As believers and students of the Bible, we should be educated on what is […]
If God is God, who is in a position to predict what He might do?
An opinion piece appeared yesterday in the Washington Post that deserves our attention. It is penned by David von Drehle: a columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics. So he’s out of his lane here, opining about the recent action of more than 100 Roman Catholic churches in Germany […]
What do we now hold to be self evident in America?
“We hold these truths to be self–evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” That statement, that claim, that declaration depends on a number of shared presuppositions. Let’s start at the end and work our way back. certain unalienable rights – this is where many […]
Majestic view? Do you see what I see in the The Colosseum
When Brandon Mitchell, who served on the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial gave his first television interview he said “you’re literally, throughout the trial, watching somebody die on a daily basis.” He noted it was stressful to watch the video of former Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than […]
Is it really all that black and white?
The jury has rendered its verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. He was found guilty on all counts. How do we respond and process and proceed from such an experience? Three observations: We value the rule of law and the order it brings to us as Americans. And in America, no one is above […]
A day for fools
Every year on the first of April, we all proceed a little more cautiously. We read social media with a little more skepticism. We’d rather be on the inside of an inside joke than to discover that we are the butt of one. This is a day for fools, and we’d really rather not be […]
Why is THIS St Patrick’s Day? Because THIS is the day he died.
When it comes to Saint Patrick, the truth is better than the fiction. The story of the actual historic character is far more compelling than the contemporary caricatures and long before the day was associated with leprechauns and pots of gold, it was about the testimony of a man who confessed a faith in Christ […]
The day counters
Are you a day counter? You know, a person who counts days. I recently learned there are apps for that! You can countdown the days from now until the start of something or you can count down days until the end of something. And yes, you can also count the days from something in the […]
Your soul has a lover; what we all need this Valentines day
Life is fleeting but love endures forever By Monday the roses and chocolates and cards will be history, but we will still need to know that we are each and all loved. My husband sat on the steps and held out a ring. It was large and worn and engraved with a date from 1966. […]