I am Insufficient to the Task

Some Sundays after the service, I feel grateful and energized. Some days I feel like I need to retreat to my office and take a nap. Some days I feel like I need a punching bag. Recently I have taken up the habit of reading either a prayer (currently out of Piercing Heaven) or soaking... Continue Reading →

Letter To My Church On Racism

A friend recently reminded me of this letter I wrote to our congregation in the wake of the protests and death at Charlottesville, VA, 2017. It struck me as something still relevant and important. Letter to LHC After Charlottesville, VA Heather and I have been on vacation trying to “unplug” a bit, but, unfortunately, it... Continue Reading →

Faithfulness In A New Public Square

For a while now, I have been telling anyone who cares to hear that several fundamental shifts are taking place in our culture. The differences that exist between Christians and non-Christians, and even sometimes between professing Christians, are no longer non-political or matters of amicable disagreement. We no longer have the shared values that have... Continue Reading →

Christianity and Liberalism

J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism, (Moscow ID; Canon Press, 2020), 163 pages. One of the most controversial corners of the evangelical world right now is the place where Christians go to deconstruct their faith. Several former evangelical Christians, some of them well known some of them not, have gone public with their reservations and... Continue Reading →

Pastors in the Public Square

Is the call of God opposed to a Christian or a pastor being a public intellectual? One man on my Facebook page says that calling a pastor a public intellectual is an insult to the call of God. God does not need educated people to speak through them. This is the kind of anti-intellectualism I... Continue Reading →

Biblical Worldview Among Pastors?

A few years ago, I was asked to be part of a brainstorming tour a few of our denominational leaders hosted. The problem that precipitated the tour was the discovery of how few Christians in our pews were biblically literate. Most people who went to church, the study showed, lacked even the basics of biblical... Continue Reading →

Is it Deconstruction?

One of the more dynamic corners of the evangelical world right now can be found by searching for the hashtag, #deconstruction. Over the past few years a few relatively famous Christians have announced that they are deconstructing their faith or have left the faith altogether as a result of the process. A tour through the... Continue Reading →

He Knows Your Name

“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3b This really is an incredible thing. It is not incredible that your parents or siblings know your name. It is not surprising that your friends and coworkers know your name. But the God who is greater... Continue Reading →

Truth Drift

One of the most critical capacities an individual can possess right now is a finely tuned B.S. Radar. There are so many lies and half-lies floating through our culture, an individual needs to be proactive about telling the differences between what is true and what is false. Critical thinking is at a premium right now... Continue Reading →

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