Trends I See

This series of posts are intended to be short thoughts on trends I see in the culture and church, both positive and negative. Given my cheery disposition, they will likely end up being mostly trending problems I see. These are not fully developed arguments, but the seeds of arguments. They are a placeholder for my... Continue Reading →

Easter and Liberal Christianity

Around every Easter some large news item or set of columns make their way to the surface in which a few journalists tackle the intransigent Christian faith, especially the resurrection of Jesus. The point is always some version of the same idea – how crazy are those people who believe in the resurrection? Interviews are... Continue Reading →

The Word of God is Living and Active

Hebrews 4:12-13 contains some of the best-known language regarding the beauty and power of the Word of God. It is also some of the most evocative: it is a sword sharp enough to dissect the human soul, discerning the thoughts and intents of our hearts. These are things we rarely even know about ourselves! It... Continue Reading →

The Gospel is Good News

The gospel is not good advice, it is good news.[i]   This simple sentence helps us understand the core of the good news of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews, we find this promise,   “for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:10).   It is... Continue Reading →

A Bold Witness

Recently we learned about a crackdown in China in which more than 100 members and leaders of a church in Chengdu were detained. The pastor, Wang Yi, and his wife were charged with incitement to subvert the state and face real prison time.   As it happens, Pastor Wang Yi prepared for this, and he... Continue Reading →

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