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On Voting and Gambling

I’m a conservative by conviction, but I’m not a pragmatist. I won’t vote against my conscience. It’s a good thing, too, because …

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Revival Breaks Out at Trump Rally

  Louisville, Kentucky A Holy Ghost revival spontaneously broke out at a recent Trump rally. Paula White, one of Trump’s religious advisers, …

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A Prayer For Racial Restoration

The events of the last few days have been heartbreaking. I’m grieving for the senseless loss of the lives of Alton Sterling, …

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Political Pollution

“Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked” – Proverbs 25:26. Jerry …

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Whatever Happened to Objectivity?

Ideas have consequences.  Philosophy shapes culture. We can state that in reverse as well. Nations rise and fall on culture. Culture shifts, in turn, …

Vote Your Conscience

Vote With a Clear Conscience

America is a morally decaying country. The “new morality” of the 1960’s and ‘70’s brought sexual “freedom” to America, accompanied by the …

The rise of the American despot

The Rise of the American Despot

Many Americans are afraid. They are afraid that their way of life is being taken away by ISIS, outsourcing, political correctness, and increasing ethnic/racial diversity. …

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Keeping in God’s Love

Several years ago my family went on a short vacation to visit some of the scenic sites of the Southwestern U.S. One of …

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Intentional Spiritual Growth

Our home is a lot of fun these days. Living with toddlers is exciting, busy and, well, chaotic. Probably the biggest challenge in …

Wise as serpents harmless as doves

How to Speak the Truth in Love

It is sad to see so many suggesting that #Christians shouldn’t say anything negative about the SCOTUS decision and instead just “show love” …

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Will You Bow to the New Ruling Class?

On June 17th, 2015, Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and gunned down nine innocent African-Americans. …

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Psalm 2: Imaginations

This post is part of a personal project of writing poetry based on the Psalms.  The psalms are poetry and meant to …

Is homosexuality the real issue?

Is Homosexuality the Real Issue?

I strongly dislike writing about homosexuality. I would much rather write articles that are biblically thoughtful and scripturally encouraging. But partially due …

Jesus and World Vision

Would Jesus Support World Vision?

Nothing about the World Vision debacle was a victory for Christianity. Even though they reversed their decision, the case highlights a growing …

Are Revivals Always Genuine?

Jonathan Edwards was not naive about the possibility of apparent revivals being merely the result of hype and emotionalism.

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7 Life-Changing Bible Passages

You know how some pieces of truth in the Bible just seem personalized for you?  They “jump off the page,” or “stick …

Only the dead are equal.

Only the Dead Are Equal

The following short story is intended as a parable. You may draw your own conclusions as to the meaning. It is not …

Is Being a Sinner Sinful?

Denny Burk recently posted an article on the blog Canon and Culture entitled “Is Homosexual Orientation a Sin“.  I usually appreciate his …

Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, and Don Miller

Three Prodigals From Evangelicalism

Kevin Miller recently published a thought provoking article on Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal discussing the trajectory of three celebrity evangelicals, Don Miller, Brian …

Peace for Ukraine

Is Peace Possible?

As I write today, attempts at a truce between the government and protesters in Ukraine have crumbled.  For three months now, protesters …

The Permanence of Love

What is Biblical Love? (Part 4)

The Permanence of Love A fascinating study published in the Current Directions in Psychological Science research shows a strong correlation between a …

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Is the Bible Reliable?

  It amazes me how frequently the argument is used by atheists and agnostics that “the Bible has been translated so many …

What is Biblical Love? (Part 1)

What is Biblical Love? (Part 1)

This post begins a four-part web series studying the concept of biblical love as detailed in the most important passage on the …

The Beauty of Holiness in Zechariah.

The Beauty of Holiness

It is an unfortunate day for terminology.  Words are too often lacking in precise meaning, yet often infused with subjective connotation.  Terms …

New Year's Solutions

New Year’s Solutions

As I discussed in last week’s post, I don’t think it is always very helpful to create a list of New Year’s resolutions …

Christian Curiosity

Christian Curiosity

While returning from a book sale, a few friends and I were discussing the happenings of the morning. One of my friends …

Do you know what it is like to be a whirlybird?

Psalm 1: The Whirlybird

Do you know what it is like to be a whirlybird? Drifting in helpless wind, Blowing by the mocking hollyhocks, Spiraling relentlessly …

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Who Were the Wise Men?

Mystery shrouds the story of the wise men, or magi, visiting Jesus Christ in Matthew 2. Who were these Oriental visitors? What …

Bent Tree

Bent Tree Theology

A few weeks ago at the peak of this delightful autumn, I noticed a colorful tree in particular because of it’s unusual …

Training Sentiments

Tailor-made Legalism

Men make laws as tailors make garments– to fit the crooked bodies they serve for, to suit the humors of the people …

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Christianity and Culture

This article by J. Gresham Machen was originally published in The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11, 1913.ONE OF THE greatest of the …

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Jesus Wins!

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will …

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The Church and the Keys

There has been some discussion in certain circles recently around the subject of the church and the keys.  Not being satisfied with …

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Should Christians be Different?

Recently I was asked an interesting question:  “Does being different make you more pleasing to God?”  It’s a question that few are …

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Dressing for Worship

One of the sticky questions often tangled up with the “worship wars” is “How should a believer dress for a church service?”  …

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The Martyrdom of Polycarp

(A Letter From the Smyrnaens) The Church of God which sojourneth at Smyrna to the Church of God which sojourneth in Philomelium …

A good reminder

A Good Reminder

    “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” ~ C. H. Spurgeon

How NOT to Read Your Bible

How NOT to Read Your Bible

As fallible human beings we often make mistakes when we read the infallible Word of God.  D. A. Carson in his book …

Coffee and Koinonia

Coffee and Koinonia

I love good coffee. I drink it, sparingly, for two reasons: flavor and fellowship. I’ve found coffee to be an excellent tool …

Stacked Rocks

Memorials of Grace

This is the age of the moment. People live from pleasure to pleasure in search of something new, something exciting, something lasting. …