One of the most counter cultural elements of the Christian life is the living out of the biblically mandated roles within marriage. The notion that wives should submit to their husbands is often met with shrieks of patriarchy and misogyny, without ever considering that there is not one single command directed to husbands to compel their wives to submit; in fact they are commanded to not be harsh with them (Col 3:19). And the notion that husbands are to live sacrificially for their wives (Eph 5:25) and are solely responsible for supporting his whole family (1 Tim 5:8) are equally unpopular. … Continue reading
For me September 11, 2001 dawned as any other day for making the commute in to the seminary and my first class of the day. As usual, I awakened early and prepared myself for a day of teaching. However, I broke my routine in a major way—I turned on the TV to check the news. In New York City a fire raged in one of the World Trade towers. Someone said that a plane had crashed into it, but confusion accompanied the story—really? what kind of plane?
Two Fallen Towers
Then, as I watched, viewers could hear the approach of a plane and gazed, horrified, as it struck the second tower!… Continue reading
Addiction is deplorable for every reason. The person addicted to a substance or action is often miserable in the addiction. Family members suffer for multiple reasons: seeing a person addicted, loss of finances, stability, fighting against manipulation, crime, and the heartache and devastation coming from the addiction. Of course the most important issue is the person’s relationship to Christ. Addiction does not magnify God’s worth or exalt Him. An addict has little hope she truly knows Christ because she is not living under the direction of the Holy Spirit, but controlled by her fleshly desires.
When dealing with an addict, it takes little time to convince people one of the problems is the addiction.… Continue reading
In August 2016, my wife and I took a trip to South Africa to visit a pastor friend and his small church in Nelspriut. I was amazed at how much it felt like being at my home church during our two-weeks visit. It dawned on me after our trip that the reason we felt at home was because the true church of Jesus Christ will always be the same no matter the location. If a local church is being faithful to God’s calling—that is, they are being obedient to the Scriptures—then they will have the same vibe as other faithful churches throughout the globe.… Continue reading
Last Thursday afternoon I received a number of very curious messages, mostly via Facebook messenger, and they were curious in two ways. First, they all said the exact same thing, down to the capitalization and spacing error, “Can you please send this to all your contacts.can (sic) you believe this?” It seems I was being bombarded with a good old-fashioned chain letter via 21st century technology. And the second thing that I found so curious was what I was supposed to find so unbelievable; attached to the message was a video explaining that the unbelieving administration at a secular university (that I had never heard of before) in a small town 1300 miles away from the church was acting like the unbelieving administration of a secular college. … Continue reading