Sunday, November 5th another gunman ascribed to himself the authority to take human life. And now an unsuspecting, rural church is left with unspeakable wounds which they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, as literally half of the congregation was killed and most of the rest injured in some way. Monday, … Continue reading A Pastoral Response To The Sutherland Springs Tragedy
There have been many posts from the Christian blogosphere lately, dealing with whether or not Christians should watch Game of Thrones. Like Kevin DeYoung, I have not watched the show myself. Some would argue that this fact alone disqualifies me from offering any perspective. While I think such a stance is rather illogical, this post isn't … Continue reading Game of Thrones, Christians, & A Plea For Humility
It seems that nothing in our country has changed quite so quickly as the way we think about gender and sexuality. Concrete terms like male and female are no longer acceptable. It’s become so muddied that Facebook now allows you to customize your particular gender identity. You can be male, female, agender, bigender, intersex, transgender, … Continue reading Book Review: The Grand Design: Male and Female He Made Them
It probably isn't far-fetched to say that the concept of persecution is increasingly finding itself on the minds of believers in the West. As the culture grows at odds with the truth claims of the Bible, believers will likely be pressured to capitulate their religious beliefs (at least certain ones) and resistance will be met with some form of … Continue reading Persecution Doesn’t Guarantee Purity
Have you ever thought about how you got your Bible? Have you ever considered its origin, its history, or pondered its reliability? These type questions are ones that the secular world explores at great length, and not always fairly I might add. Due to the constant wave of criticisms against the Bible, and specifically the … Continue reading Can You Trust Your Bible: A Brief Word on the Reliabilty of the New Testament
"I don't go to church because the people there are just a bunch of hypocrites!" Undoubtedly you have heard some variation of this common complaint leveled against Christians. Is it true? Are "Christian" and "hypocrite" synonymous terms? Many in the culture might be tempted to answer yes and today I want us to explore why … Continue reading Why Are Christians Such Hypocrites?
If God is good, all powerful, and all knowing, how can evil persist in our world? This is a common question non-believers want to hear answered (and many believers, too). And understandably, there does seem to be a contradiction here, doesn't it? After all, if God is good and knows of our suffering, and has the … Continue reading Does Suffering Disprove Christianity?
This is the first in a two-part series focused on reconciling The Greatest Generation and Millennials. They’ve been called “The Greatest Generation,” and rightfully so. When Tom Brokaw coined the title I doubt he anticipated the sticking power that it brought. They’ve gone down in history as one of the most formidable groups of Americans … Continue reading Avoiding Us Vs. Them: What Millennials Could Learn from The Greatest Generation
In the fall of 2015, a quiet, small town was sent into shock. The authorities in Canon City, Colorado, revealed that a “large sexting ring” of about 100 students were circulating anywhere between 300 to 400 nude photographs of themselves and other students. Some of the leaders of this ring were boys on the football … Continue reading What Do I Do When I Find My Child Sexting?
By this point I assume you're well aware of all the recent controversy surrounding whether or not transgender people should be allowed to use the restroom of their choosing. If your facebook feed is anything like mine, it is littered with shared articles about this topic along with many, many vehement comments (from both sides). In recent days, … Continue reading Some Things I’ve Learned From The Transgender Debate