What is Sunday for?

I really believe that answering this question well will address so many problems and explain so many trajectories in our country. What is the Sunday morning church service for, what is its purpose? Is it a time fashioned for the worship and instruction to almighty God; where his saints gather to do business and discipleship…

The Lord Laughs

A while back, a friend had asked about why the Bible does not mention Jesus smiling? I quickly responded that he did. The Word of God tells us he rejoiced after the disciples had been out preaching the Gospel. (Luke 10:21) While John 15:11 and 17:13 mentions Jesus’ joy at having his disciples be one…

Cut to the Heart

I wanted to title this Shot to the Heart, but Bon Jovi’s song didn’t quite work with the original Greek, no guns. Either way, a similar idea of emotional response is present for today. As our world has decided that empathy is the truest virtue, there is a screaming need for commentary,┬ácan you feel it?…

Polycarp the Atheist?

I have been retreading the church fathers, and I came to Polycarp. His story is inspiring. Yet it was funny, while reading, I noticed that the accusation upon Polycarp has been repackaged for consumption today. His testimony is so moving; there is a reason he is honored as a church father. While reading his account,…

The Euthyphro Dilemma

Morality needs a basis if it is not going to be personal conjecture. C.S. Lewis laid this morality argument out quite well in his writing. But if we are going to go on about morals and evils and such, then we ought to have a standard we are working from sustaining such ideas. If a…

Nails on point

As even Bruce Springsteen understands, everyone has a hungry heart. Everyone’s heart is telling them something. Go here, don’t go there, feel this, don’t feel that, identify with this, and refuse that. If we aren’t careful, the heart can surpass the mind’s reflection with all the emotive directives. Like the eyes and hell, as the…

Teach people not to kill/rape

I have heard many times the message from the title. And you could input any dark deed, teach people not to be…racist, hateful, etc. Some think that our current woes in the street are merely a lack of education. If we raised enough awareness, shining enough light on the problems then people would be convinced…

Justification (It’s important)

Purveyors of the New Perspective on Paul make the argument that justification is about answering the question, who are the people of God? It is ecclesiastical. While the historic meaning has always been about how one is reconciled to God? It is soteriological. E.P Sanders and N.T. Wright insists that justification is not answering “how…

On Faith and Statism

I keep seeing sermons and blog entries about the necessity of the church to resist. I am working through Bonhoeffers’ Letters from Prison to gain his insight on such an idea. While admirable, I am not entirely convinced he didn’t just suffer the fate of one who dies by the sword from taking up the…

The lie of evil

Many people like horror films; it is no longer a niche genre. Why do people like horror films? The ax-murderer tromping through the woods looking for his next unlikely victim. While not everyone likes these films, ask yourself, why in-general anyone does? Why would we entertain ourselves by monstrosity? I have never really liked horror…