In light of the recent press surrounding the film ”Noah “, starring Russell Crowe, I would like to take a look at a verse about this Biblical patriarch that many Christians tend to shy away from (perhaps in a way that some readers may have flinched at the title of this article). It is kind of odd if you think about it. The story of “Noah’s Ark” is one of the most popular children’s stories of all time. Yet, if we as parents were reading through First Peter with our children, we might read … [Read more...] about Noah and a Baptism That Now Saves Us
There is something akin to spring-cleaning on steroids going on in my home. Any given day during the week a new closet is being cleaned out, furniture has been shifted or other adjustments have been made to our home. Last night it was the kitchen. I walked in the door, rounded the corner into the kitchen and was greeted with a family newsflash from my wife. “I’ve rearranged all of the kitchen cabinets so you might not know where anything is anymore.” She was right. I opened a cabinet door, … [Read more...] about Adoption as Sons and the Heart of Covenant
Okay, my turn to chime in. The Steven Furtick Baptism story continues to grow. Everybody wants to keep moving on, but like rubbernecking past an accident on the freeway, both Christian and secular media have latched-on to what is a peculiar yet not very surprising story. From local news outlets to the Washington Post, Elevation Church has received national attention surrounding the allegations of employing manipulative techniques to generate thousands of “spontaneous” baptisms. Furtick has now … [Read more...] about Furtick and the Fundamentals
Many of you may have already seen this brief video that went viral. If you have not, watch it. The title is unpromising. That won’t catch on, you think. But the short film What’s Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell, posted to YouTube last Friday, has had more than 1.3m views – and brought the plight of student protesters in Venezuela to international notice.(1) The number of views is now over 2.5 million. The creator of the video, Andreina Nash, is a student at the University of Florida … [Read more...] about The Root of Oppression in Venezuela
Some believe, including many Christians, that the rise and fall of nations or cultures are completely random. Some that are not willing to go that far would take a view of an arbitrary sovereignty of sorts, i.e. there is a God watching over everything but there is no ethical cause and effect in history. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to be immersed (literally) in the remnants of a culture that would tell a different story. … [Read more...] about Swimming in the Waters of Child Sacrifice
Not too long ago I was engaged in conversation with a man who uttered the all too common refrain, “It is hard to believe that anyone could actually think the world is getting better.” He spoke rather emphatically as if assured that he was talking to someone in full agreement. He then went on to detail the tragedies and catastrophes of the last century. This topic of conversation is fairly common, if not chronic, within the Christian community. We promulgate declarations of the world going to … [Read more...] about John Calvin and the progress of culture
OK, so I have to come clean. I don’t care about the Super Bowl. It gets worse. I could not tell you the week before the game who was playing in it. Don’t get me wrong, I like football. I even played a lot of football in my younger years. I must say though, while participating on the field was fun, I never really felt the same level of enjoyment as a spectator. Then along came the family, business, and study. The next thing I know, I cannot even fathom how I could carve hours out of every week … [Read more...] about The Super (Security) Bowl
About the same time that I lost my wedding ring a couple of weeks ago I ran across this Fox news article written by one of their staff, Keith Ablow.(1) The title said it all – Marriage Died in 2013. Ablow is astute in his foreboding conclusion regarding the legalization of gay marriage: …when states began to legalize gay marriage, I argued that polygamy would be the natural result. If love between humans of legal age is the only condition required to have the state issue a marriage license, … [Read more...] about Is Marriage Dead?
In a previous article, I attempted to provide a unique, historical example of what happens when the civil government steps out of its jurisdiction. It is common to hear complaints from within the Christian community about the magnitude of the state’s reach this day and age while at the same time hearing how it should do a better job. We push the state away with one hand, and with the other, we grab it around the neck and demand that it take better care of us. We hate big brother but are not … [Read more...] about Babies in Boxes and the State in Which We Find Ourselves
In November there was an article that was widely circulated among Christian circles entitled, How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home. It was thought evoking and in general seemed to address the issue of ensuring your child grows up embracing the Christian faith complete with a Christian worldview. This is certainly something every Christian parent can resonate with. Although interesting, I did not pay it much attention until a sequel was posted by the author a little over a week ago … [Read more...] about Raising Pagan Children?