Yesterday, I argued that the gospel is good news to every culture. It affirms all the best longings in that culture and points beyond the superficial to the good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ. But we have to be clear: the gospel is also inherently...
Can a Christian learn from non-Christians? Can you enjoy a painting by an atheist artist? Can you see life more clearly by listening to secular music? Whatever your stated views on these questions, we all do this all the time. The reality we all experience is that non-Christians have solid...
Santa Claus has been with us for many generations, but still there are those who deny his existence. More than 100 years ago, sweet little Virginia O’Hanlon, eight years old at the time, encountered some of these nonbelievers, which prompted her to write these famous words to the editor...
Can you count the number of authors you agree with on every point of doctrine and practice? I can: zero. (Okay, put me down for One if we’re counting the Bible (or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 if you want to count the inspired writers)—but I’m keeping this...
There is something addicting about home improvement shows. HGTV can keep my wife and I propped lifelessly on the couch for hours. We Americans love to think about making our homes bigger, better, and more appealing (read: envy-inducing). But all of that time spent dreaming about improving our own...
We use the term “Christian music” as though we are confident about what it means, but most of us would be hard pressed to come up with a good definition of precisely what Christian music is. I think we can rule out three common definitions for Christian music: it’s...
Yesterday I posted on the economic effects of sin, and I cited a couple of examples from Vishal Mangalwadi’s book Truth & Transformation. Today I’m going to take the extra step and formally recommend the book. Mangalwadi has been referred to as “the Francis Schaeffer of India,” partially because he...
This week I've been preparing for a course on the book of Judges. This also happens to be the week that all of the controversy has ensued regarding the apprehension of unauthorized immigrants and the subsequent separation of families at the US/Mexico border. I have little desire and even less...
I’ve developed a weird sort of crush on Flannery O’Connor. If you’ve never read anything she’s written, I would highly recommend it. But be warned: you probably won’t enjoy it. Her writing is not fun, nor is it entertaining in a lighthearted sense. Pretty much everything she wrote was dark....
What could Thomas Kinkade possibly have in common with Quentin Tarantino? Both of these artists are famous for portraying only one side of reality. Which means that both give us a deficient view of the world. Of course, artists can’t present every aspect of reality in every work, nor...
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