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How Do You Define “Marriage”? The Organic View vs the Synthetic View

Cosmopolitan Magazine, December 20, 2016

Two years ago today the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was a constitutional right, and that states could no longer refuse to recognize such marriages. If an alternate universe existed in which I was forbidden to marry Kristi, and then the legal landscape changed, I would be ecstatic! So the jubilation on the part of same-sex marriage proponents is something I can empathize with.

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Reflections on Job, Part 3: Are God and Satan Playing a Game with Job’s Life?

If you read the first two chapters of Job from a cynical vantage point, it would be easy to conclude that God and The Accuser are playing a game with Job’s life. The LORD asks The Accuser to consider His servant Job, The Accuser responds by claiming that Job is only pious because God gives him stuff, and the LORD says that The Accuser is free to take away that stuff. But where does Job fit into this apparent contest? What about the horrible toll he will pay, not to mention his children? It almost sounds like Job is nothing more than a pawn in a celestial chess match. Continue reading

You Don’t Have to Agree with Your Neighbor to Love Him

Last week’s horrific shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise elicited calls for unity from people in both major parties. This was good to see in the midst of tragedy. But not everyone was so gracious. Consider this Tweet from MSNBC’s Joy Reid-

Or this Tweet from George Takei (which he later deleted): Continue reading

A Peek at the Future of Religious Freedom

Tim Farron

If you would like to see the future of religious freedom in America, take a peek at Great Britain. The UK was once a vibrantly religious country – now, faith is on the wane there. As America follows the same trend toward secularism, we can see what awaits our society by looking at what is happening to our cousins across the Atlantic. And that brings me to the story of Tim Farron. Continue reading

Trinity Tuesdays: Together Whatever They Do

From Fred Sanders’s The Deep Things of God

In this post I want to draw out one of the most important implications of everything we have studied together about the Trinity. In a previous post I discussed the biblical language of the procession of the Son and the Spirit from the Father. The idea is not that “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” that the Father existed by Himself, all alone, and then at some point decided to create the Son and the Spirit. Rather, the idea is that the Father eternally begets the Son and breathes the Spirit. There has never been a time that the Father existed that the Son and Spirit did not (again, check out this post for the biblical reasoning) behind these concepts. Continue reading

Reflections on Job, Part 2: The Key Question of the Book

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” (Job 1:6-11)

I used to think that the Book of Job was the inspired answer to the problem of evil. Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is all-powerful, He could prevent evil and suffering. And if God was totally good, He would prevent evil and suffering. Yet evil and suffering exist. How can this be? The Book of Job will answer this question, I once thought. Continue reading

Friday Favorites for June 9, 2017

The Babylon Bee Gets the Comey Hearings Just Right. For the record, anyone that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dislike is someone I am predisposed to like very much.

A Serious Summary of the Comey Hearings.

Cool IOS Features for You Apple Freaks. (That includes me)

And For You Android Nerds. How to switch from Apple.

Conservatives Need to Think More Clearly About Islam.

Speaking of Islam. The conflict between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran intensifies.

Budget Gimmicks. The Trump White House is only the latest to ignore the real budget crisis.

Google Users, Do You Know all These Tricks?

Another Good Critic of Campus Craziness from the Left. We need more of this from truly liberal thinkers.

My Favorite Bluegrass Group!

 

 

Bernie Sanders Jumps the Shark (or at Least, Article VI of the Constitution)

Source: The Atlantic

During the confirmation hearing yesterday for Russell Vought, a nominee for a deputy position in the Office of Management and Budget,  Senator Bernie Sanders flagrantly violated the intent of Article VI of the Constitution. That article says, in part- Continue reading

Different Versions of the Flood Story and the Theology Behind Them

Gustav Doré, 1866

Tonight is the final night of my church’s Vacation Bible School. We’ve been studying the story of Noah. We have some incredibly imaginative and creative members – I wish you should see the way they have transformed our auditorium and vestibule into an ark!

The Book of Genesis is not the only ancient account of a great flood. Other cultures, particularly in the region of Mesopotamia, also have flood stories. One of the most famous accounts of a flood is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which apparently preserves an even earlier flood story found in the Epic of Atrahasis. Continue reading

The Trinity: The Beauty of the Trinity

The Shield of the Trinity

In this series on the Trinity I have tried to make the biblical teaching that God is the Father, Son, and Spirit as accessible as possible. The doctrine of the Trinity is simple enough – there is one God, and this God is Father, Son, and Spirit. But models and explanations of how the one God exists as Father, Son, and Spirit require entering into some deep waters. This is what we should expect when trying to catch a glimpse of the inner life of God who is beyond comparison (Isaiah 40:18).

But it is worthwhile to contemplate that which exceeds comprehension. Deep water is also beautiful water, and the scuba diver enjoys exploring it not because she thinks she will master the deep, but rather because experiencing the deep makes her appreciate its grandeur all the more. So you might say that over the last few weeks we have been in theological waters that are way over our head – and as a result we are even more awestruck by the grandeur of God. Continue reading