A stone principle

I keep coming back to the story of the woman caught in adultery, where Jesus says “let he who is without sin among you throw the first stone.” (John 8:1-11) If we were to keep a closer watch on our hearts and minds, with regards to our own sins, perhaps we would better develop a…

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…

On over background-checking

The Judge Kavanaugh 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…

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 the brass tack. A lack of nuance can be viewed…

Revoicing and Incels

The revoicing conference just happened this past weekend in St. Louis hosted in a Presbyterian Church. You play with sin long enough, and eventually, you are hosting a conference for it. Let me say this, homosexual desire is a reality out there in the world and the church’s job is not to eradicate such a…

On Destroying Evil

This is really in addition to my post on suffering. As I have been seeking the Lord for wisdom, I have been listening to a broad range of thinkers. I had already been convinced of the shortness of the reach of the Christian message only as we have come to present it. Not that I…

On Children and Borders

People have the right idea about where the justice is off kilter in this problem. When Jeff sessions told us that Christians should listen to government decisions because of Romans 13, it did rustle some feathers. But many have already rebuked the man. It is the overall continuous rebuking on all sides that interests me….

Filthily Rich and an Airplane

Is this the American sin? Are we rich towards God, or simply just rich? Are our ministries more interested in purchasing, yet another airplane, or are we being led by the Lord? Now God isn’t against airplanes per-se, but it certainly makes us raise an eyebrow when we hear such stories. To be fair, Jesse…