10 Rules for Life

The ten commandments are rules to live by. This is as important as ever, when we increasingly have teachers who are suggesting we unhitch from the Old Testament altogether, Ugh. In an effort to not deal with those hard questions from the OT, or confusing ideas, or troublesome history therein, some pastors such as Andy…

Dostoevsky on Morality

Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature that I finally had the opportunity to read recently. Dostoevsky was saying a lot of things in this book, but he said something interesting about morality and ambition. The morality of great people, as Raskolnikov the main character saw it, was on a sliding scale. If…

An impending Hope

Why hope when we are often let down? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply shut off parts of our heart and in some respect close off some pain receptors? If we avoiding putting our hearts out there, hoping for a better outcome, we could even-out those highs and lows to find some kind of equilibrium?…

Mob Justice for All

There is a lot of talk in the political sphere about mobs. Everyone is pointing out how the other side is a mob, and then denying it for themselves, even when it is captured in full color on Television. A friend of mine recently asked a good question. How would you even know if you…

On over background-checking

The Judge Kavanauah matter has ended, more or less, but a further issue has floated to the top. He has now had seven FBI investigations, which apparently for some still wasn’t enough. It makes me wonder with all the backgrounds that we all possess, what qualifies and what disqualifies someone for public discourse? I say…

The polar-rising Tides

The situation with Ford and Kavanaugh is heartbreaking. This problem is really troubling because as Christians we stand with victims, absolutely, and we value due process because that very idea comes from the Word of God. As much as we stand with victims, we also need to know who they are, and who the guilty…

Logical Breakdown

I have to admit sometimes logic breaks down for us as Christians. For example I was thinking of shaming. Now shaming has its merits say when people do not want you to simply sinning with abandon. Paul does this in 1 Corinthians; the very idea of refusing fellowship accomplishes this. A form of harm for…

On church Statements and Stalemates

So there was this statement put out by John MacArthur and his ilk on Social Justice and the Gospel, which I largely agree with content-wise, but the statement as always because of its public nature comes across as a recipe for ministry that doesn’t speak on brass tack. A lack of nuance can be viewed as…

The story of right and wrong

When I was thinking about how the Old Testament scriptures contain perhaps singularity harrowing ideas to 2018 ears, such as to stone a woman who is found not to be a virgin before her wedding night. I realized I had more to say, so…Now I have already called us to think through these hard statements…