Death is all around us. It is woven into the fabric of our world. It’s not supposed to be like that. But it is like that. The Bible has a lot to say about death, because we need to understand death–its origins, its meaning, its consequences for us, and its remedy. This message is the … Continue reading
“Truth-telling is difficult because the varieties of untruth are so many and so well disguised. Lies are hard to identify when they come in the form of apparently innocuous imprecision, socially acceptable slippage, hyperbole masquerading as enthusiasm, or well-placed propaganda. These forms of falsehood are so common, and even so normal, in media-saturated, corporately … Continue reading
The American founders wanted their independence, so that they would be free to create a nation and a society of true greatness, whose greatness would be found not in its power or wealth but rather in its principles and ideals of justice and equality, of ideals and liberty.
The U.S. presidential election of 2016 is surely one of the most spiritually destructive of the ten presidential elections in my voting experience. I have been deeply troubled by the extent to which many prominent evangelical leaders have stirred up and played on the fears of their people. This has not been American evangelicalism’s finest … Continue reading
Pastor’s Note #67 — An Evangelical Pastor’s Concerns about Donald Trump’s Effect on the Spiritual Life of Christians
In my judgment, this is an almost impossibly difficult presidential election for American Christian voters. I do not believe there is any clearly acceptable candidate for Christian voters to support in 2016. Christian voters can in good faith make different decisions about which candidate to vote for. But as I have observed this election season … Continue reading
A Trump presidency will not result in a strongly conservative Supreme Court as some prominent evangelicals been arguing. Franklin Graham and others insist that the key issue that evangelical Christian voters should keep in mind in this presidential election is the matter of filling the current opening on the Supreme Court and probably more in the … Continue reading
A Prayer for First Responders “You must not go about as a slanderer among your people. You must not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the Lord. You must not hate your brother in your heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that you do not incur … Continue reading
“Oh, how greatly has the man advanced who has learned not to be his own, not to be governed by his own reason, but to surrender his mind to God.” John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1952/2004, page 26.