The Bible is filled with women who were prostitutes, adulteresses, or downright sexually promiscuous. It’s striking, however, that a large majority of them are depicted as objects of grace rather than judgment. As much as the Bible condemns fornication, it also offers the solution to it: grace. That relentless, unconditional,...
Matthew Vines has written a very thought-provoking book, one which exemplifies sound thinking and humble research. In reading his book, I often found myself rubbing my eyes thinking, “I can’t believe this guy hasn’t even graduated from college!” Matthew, you’re a diligent student of God’s word and I appreciate the...
I often hear in recent discussion about the Bible and homosexuality: “Since homosexuality as a sexual category was unknown to Paul, he could not have critiqued it.” The implication is that when Paul talks about same-sex activity in Romans 1 and elsewhere, he must have had something more specific, something...
In his recent book, The Theater of God's Glory: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts, David Taylor chooses John Calvin as a conversation partner to discuss what role the arts might play in the worship of the church. Calvin is an interesting choice of dialogue partner for this discussion, not...
Yesterday I wrote about U2. I said that they stand amongst the most influential Christians in the world. If that statement bothers you, at least read yesterday’s post to see why I say that. In any case, I have a lot of respect for U2, and I see a lot...
Earlier this week, a group of 21 Egyptian Christians, members of the Coptic Church, were beheaded. The accusation against them: they were "people of the cross, members of the hostile Egyptian Church." This unfathomable act was carried out by ISIS—an act of barely veiled evil, supposedly done in service...
Sometimes it’s helpful to look at a familiar passage in an unfamiliar way: “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving...
It's easy to be grumpy about all of the denominations in the church. If we're supposed to be united as the body of Christ, then why do we have Baptists and Presbyterians and Methodists and Lutherans and Episcopalians and Evangelical Free Churches and Assemblies of God a host of...
Of all the actions Jesus performed, one of the most significant was sitting. I’m serious: “After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3) “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at...
Despite what is ubiquitously portrayed in nativity scenes, Christian folklore, and every English translation that I’m aware of, there’s a good chance that Jesus’ parents never visited an inn in Bethlehem to give birth to the Christ-child. Here are three reasons why. First, Bethlehem was a very small rural village at...
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