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…

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…

Germ Warfare and a Cookie

My middle grandson – a funny, good-natured, but somewhat nasty (in the literal sense) eight-year-old believes in the tenets of germ theory. Garrett probably couldn’t explain the principles of this theory, and he has probably not yet heard of Louis Pasteur, who imagined it, or…

Burl Ives Was Right

“Have a holly jolly Christmas, It’s the best time of the year …” Burl Ives voice filled my head as I walked around our local outdoor mall with my two-year-old granddaughter Sophia who was pouting. “Smile Sophia. It’s the best time of the year,” I…

Finish What You Started

And in this matter I give my judgment this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched…

That’s Just Plain Rude!

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. …  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and…

What Angels Ache to See

“… things into which angels long to look.” 1 Peter 1:12 ESV  What do angels greatly desire to gaze at? The obvious answer is “your salvation.” Or, more precisely, “The angels ache to gaze at what God did to bring about your salvation.” What God…

Why is Theology Important to God?

Why Does God Care About Theology? In my last blog, Is Theology Important to God?, I tried to establish that God does care about theology. I focused primarily on the doctrine of God and tried to show that, because God explicitly tells us about himself, it…

Good Job Jesus

Okay; so I have grandkids. Just bear with me. My almost two-year old granddaughter is an early riser, and she loves to swing. So, on occasions when she spends the night with us it’s pretty much a sure thing that someone in the house will…

What Should Christian Art Do?

On January 28, 2011 the BBC News Magazine published A Point of View article entitled “Why are museums so uninspiring?” by Alain de Botton. In his article, de Botton argues that museum art should do what religious art was meant to do – train us…