More than a few will judge me for revealing that I am a Tom Clancy fan. So be it. The original books were filled with so much submarine tech and knowledge that, as the son of an ex-navy medic, I always found them fascinating. Before Clancy died, he and his books had become a cottage … More Many Pastors Leave Their Churches with Similar Thoughts
Let me disabuse you of some myths. It isn’t the bride, or the husband, or the mother of the bride. Marriage is sacred. That is one of the reasons it is under attack and has been since the dawn of creation. And that is why the following brief paragraph is worth meditating on for a … More Who is the Main Character at a Wedding?
Sunday Musing Jesus’ view of marriage is incomprehensible to the Western mind. But incomprehensible or not, it is better than your understanding of marriage, better than mine and better than any human being who ever lived or will live. Better and right. It is the only way of marriage that maximally supports human flourishing. And … More An Incomprehensible View of Marriage
Four new books I’m putting on the top of my nightstand. Loving each one. Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology? Reflections of a Bultmannian turned Evangelical, by Dr. Eta Linemann. Dr. Linemann was a German scholar who was a personal student of Rudolph Bultmann. She taught for almost two decades in the German … More Four New Books on My Night Stand
A poet and friend over on Facebook asked people to comment on a book he was reading, then listed a quote: “There are two principles that have traditionally been labeled in Christianity as ‘greats.’ One is the great commission about sharing the good news of Christ’s triumph over sin and death with every creature; the … More Proclaiming the Love of God with Love
Land Bridge, Netherlands Almost anyone who has ever heard me teach is unaware of the debt I owe to Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. (PhD. Brandeis University) and the Colman M. Mockler distinguished professor of Old Testament, and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. In 1979, I took one class from … More The Day the Rabbi Drew Question Marks
Have you ever had an interaction with someone who gave you the creeps? I know you have. We all have. Some people easily set off our “phony” radar. We seem to be able to detect their fake motives and disingenuous character. Something in the way they look, or the look of their eye, or the … More There is No Hypocrisy Like Religious Hypocrisy
Chuck Colson reflecting on what his time in prison for his part in the Watergate cover-up had taught him “No, the real legacy of my life was my biggest failure–that I was an ex-convict. My greatest humiliation–being sent to prison–was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life; He chose the one experience in … More Humiliation and Power in Life
I love to hear the voices of children at play. I don’t know if it because I am from a BIG family or what, but a child’s voice gleefully playing together with other children always brings a smile to my face. Maybe it is part of being the oldest of 7 children. With 26 grandchildren, … More Children at Play?
People like to feel powerful. But there are times when it wise to know that you are powerless. And to act that way. You have heard the adage, “Your arm is too short to box with God.” Yeah. Don’t even try to get in that ring. “Human strength can never impress an omnipotent God, and … More Bad News for Unbelief