We the People: On the topic of Abortion

“We the People,” bestowed on us by our constitution, officially labels the collective. It brings to mind our collective – our society acting as one. “We the People” is you, and it is me. It once sounded like a stately title. God considers this collective. I fear he considers it…

Attitude Change-The Affective Domain: Part 2

StudyGuide Lines – instructional design tips for Christian teachers and writers. In Attitude Change – The Affective Domain: Part 1, I said that the Affective Domain has three components that should be included in well-designed instruction that is meant to be a vehicle for attitude change. The first component I discussed…

Attitude Change – The Affective Domain: Part 1

This is the first of my blogs under the topic, StudyGuide Lines. In these short blogs, I hope to offer helpful tips to Christian teachers and writers who want to know more about designing instructional material. Is Attitude Change the goal of your instruction? If you intend your instruction to…

Guardians

In chapters 61 and 62 the prophet Isaiah uses poetic language to describe God’s royal city, shinning and blazing from the fuel of righteousness and salvation. He blends this image with others so that, from our perspective, Isaiah’s vision of the future merges with history past and present. The Span…

What Does it Mean that God is Holy?

God is holy. What is God’s holiness? Often we tend to limit holiness to God’s moral perfection or perfect purity – his absolute goodness. But many Christian thinkers conclude that the meaning of holiness is deeper and wider than that. Holiness, they say, is the core of God’s essential nature…

In Exchange for You

“Would it be worth another’s suffering for you to know God?” This question unsettled me during one of my 2:00 a.m. can’t sleep, praying times. The next morning I saw lots of tweets like this: Though some of the facts about exactly where and when this atrocity took place are…

The Prayer by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Is It Possible to Pray without Doubting?

Great-grandmother Fannie Lee, on my dad’s side, died in 1968. I was nine. She died long before positive thinking became popular in the late 1990’s and five years after Joel Osteen was born. She was “laid out for viewing” in someone’s parlor. I was mesmerized by the whole viewing event….

Terrors of the Soul

Unrelenting wild beasts that take your soul; Leviathan, the great impenetrable and unhookable, multiple-headed sea monster that generates world-wide havoc; poisonous arrows that sink into your skin; the mighty, muscular, illusive, Behemoth who eats and eats everything in sight and fears nothing; the roar of tsunami waves washing over your…

Blameless but Suffering Still

There is a suffering that is sometimes thrust upon the blameless, and we seem to be at a loss of reasons for it. It is a rare, repulsive kind of suffering. It rare for the simple reason that, other than infants and severely intellectually impaired persons, it is difficult to…

In Returning and Rest You Shall Be Saved

Our Belief and God’s Glory: Christians are called believers. We must believe to be saved. Saving faith (believing that God is who he says he is and that he has done what he said he has done and will do what he says he will do) is the means of…