Why is it so hard for us to imagine Jesus vomiting? The answer to this question has to do, first of all, with the one-dimensional picture of Jesus so many of us have been taught
A couple of months ago, I posted a question about an ethical dilemma a recently engaged woman is facing.
As the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, most Christians recognize, and rightly so, the loss of millions of unborn human lives. What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.
Whenever I start to get discouraged about the future of the church, I remember a conversation I had a few years ago with evangelical theologian Carl F. H. Henry on what would turn out to be his last visit to Southern Seminary before his death.
Early on in your unborn life, a doctor told us he thought you would have Down Syndrome.
I played a cow in my first-grade Christmas pageant, and I had more lines than the kid who played Joseph. He was a prop, or so it seemed, for Mary, the plastic doll in the manger, and the rest of us.
Christopher Hitchens, the world’s most famously caustic atheist, is now dead. Hitchens expected this moment, of course, but he anticipated, wrongly, a blackness, a going out of consciousness forever.
I was a teenage Satanist. No, I’ve never stood in a pentagram of blood and I’ve never joined a coven.
Those of us who hold to so-called “traditional gender roles” are often assumed to believe that women should submit to men. This isn’t true.
The most difficult math problem in the universe, it turns out, is 70 x 7. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in the Christian life is to forgive someone who has hurt you, often badly. But Jesus says the alternative to forgiving one’s enemies is hell.
Many believe if they really have embraced the gospel, they ought to have a moment, a date, they can point to as the instant they passed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Sometimes our churches reinforce this misunderstanding.
They’re not scary enough. To speak of hell, Jesus used the imagery of a garbage dump overun with worms, a place where babies were once sacrified to demons
If you want your “dream baby,” do not adopt or foster a child: buy a cat and make-believe. Adopting an orphan isn’t ordering a consumer item or buying a pet.
Pat Robertson says his comments about divorce and Alzheimer’s disease were “misinterpreted.” The problem is, his clarification doesn’t clarify.
Some evangelicals talk as though personal evangelism and public justice are contradictory concerns, or, at least, that one is part of the mission of the church and the other isn’t. I think otherwise, and I think the issue is one of the most important facing the church these days.
This week on his television show Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said a man would be morally justified to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s disease in order to marry another woman. Few Christians take Robertson all that seriously anymore. This is serious, though.
All too often, what we want is to be right, rather than to build up one another in the faith.
A young woman will give birth to a little boy, and has made an adoption plan for one couple to become his parents. The pastor asked if I’d write a letter to this boy, for when he’s old enough to start asking questions about his adoption
In order for a marriage to work, you will have to go into it assuming that the other will never change positions on these things. Now, you probably will grow closer together on these things.
I think personal testimonies, as part of Christian worship, are a good thing to do. And I think we need more of them. I wonder, though, if sometimes our testimonies might unintentionally empower Satan rather than combat him.
The Christian response to immigrant communities in the United States cannot be “You kids get off of my lawn” in Spanish.
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is in trouble for allegedly sending inappropriate pictures of himself to a woman … via a publicly accessible social media tool. The behavior seems self-evidently self-destructive. So why do they do it?
In this universe, I’m a convinced complementarian. I believe the Bible teaches both the equality of the sexes and distinct aspects for the two in some aspects of church and home leadership.
Osama Bin Laden was wicked. Osama Bin Laden was feared. He was also, it turns out, kind of pathetic.