Month: December 2012
pro life gun control
As Democrats and Republicans fumble their way toward a Grand Bargain to avoid the fiscal cliff, the tragic shooting in Connecticut points to the need for another, more important compromise. As with the fiscal cliff talks, I’m under no illusion that my compromise will be implemented. But as with the fiscal cliff, we’ll learn a…
part of the problem
I can’t imagine the grief among the families waking up in Connecticut this morning, and I pray for the comfort of Christ to envelop them. It is for mornings like this that we are Christians, because if you don’t know Jesus, then really, what can you say or do for these poor people? I’m sure…
One of the most perplexing traits of Love Wins is its cavalier attitude toward texts. Whether it was contradicting Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins, mistranslating the Greek term for eternal, omitting Revelation 20:11-15 from its chapter on hell, or wrenching one line from Martin Luther until it meant the opposite of what Luther clearly…
Can your blog do this? Three years ago a student of mine, Adam Forrest, was commenting on a post I made about David Letterman’s affair with his staffer. His comments caught the attention of Rachel Watson, who emailed him to discuss what he had said. They continued the conversation on her blog, two weeks later…
Sometimes I wonder if my kids are internalizing enough sound doctrine, but what happened tonight leads me to think it’s getting through. My fourth grade daughter had a speaking part in our church’s kids musical, “In a Galilee Far, Far Away.” The musical was cute and carried a good message, but I wonder how God…
I’ve never liked Santa, in part because you can’t spell his name without using the same letters found in Satan. But I would have liked the original St. Nicholas, who went Dick Cheney on the heretic Arius at the Council of Nicea. Apparently Nick grew weary of listening to Arius’ slippery words, and he walked…
what’s the difference?
The blowback from last week’s controversial column, “The War on Men,” got me thinking. I cover the complementarian/egalitarian issue every semester, and it’s been a long time since anyone switched sides because of their understanding of Scripture. Both sides seem dug in at this point—there may be less undecided voters on this issue than there…
they get us
Coming on the heels of The New Yorker’s essay on Rob Bell, Newsweek has an insightful article on the fading bloom of Rick Warren. Now if only someone would write a feature piece on Joel Osteen, most of my theological nemeses will be covered. I’m looking at you, Gary Meadors.
trinity and simplicity
I woke up this morning with last night’s class discussion still on my mind, so I thought I’d share it with you and see if anyone has a special insight. Here’s the problem: I believe that the Trinity is fully one and fully three, and following the lead of the Athanasian Creed, I tell students…