Okay ya’ll, this is the post many of you who have been following the discussion have been waiting for. In the previous 4 posts, I’ve argued that a form of pacifism known as “non-resistance,” which says that Christians should not kill people, but they can join the military as...
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, Sufjan Stevens released the latest installment in his Christmas music dynasty. Many, many, many musicians create Christmas music. But no one does it like Sufjan. For most people, Christmas music means Mariah Carey, Chris Tomlin, or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But Sufjan has a small army...
Which would be more bothersome: Going to a doctor who is not a believer but recognizes the importance of spiritual health as it pertains to physical health, so encourages "spiritual treatment" as well as physical treatment.  or Going to the atheistic doctor who denies God's existence and just deals with the physical...
If you polled the students at Eternity Bible College (or probably any other Christian college), you would learn that not all classes are created equal. Most of our students see the value in taking a class on Genesis or on preaching. The spiritual value of such topics is easy...
This post is a response to one of the suggestions we’ve received on the blog. Here’s the question: “How does a Christian respond to the popular YOLO (you only live once) philosophy? Do you only live once? How many times do you live, if not? One? Three? I've heard some...
Last week my firstborn son and I went kayaking for his twelfth birthday. For five hours, we enjoyed the beautiful Arkansas countryside. It is good for the human soul to bask in God’s creation. As we navigated through the rushing white waters and glided through calm pools, we noticed...
Immediately after finishing seminary, I read through the life works of Francis Schaeffer. (In case you’re wondering, that’s 22 books, but many of them are short.) Like many who have encountered Schaeffer’s writings, I have been deeply impacted by Schaeffer’s approach to life and theology. Truth be told, I...
Sin touches everything around us. And as bad as that is, the problem is worse than sin being everywhere. Sin is not just “out there.” Sin runs through each of us. Everything we see “out there” is stained by sin. But even the eyes through which we see the world...
As we wrestle with the issue of Christians and violence, it’s interesting to note that prior to Constantine (4th Cent. A.D.), Christians were basically pacifists. Few Christians ever joined the military and rarely would a believer pursue a vocation where killing someone else would expected. (There’s no evidence of...
I recently heard an African-American describe the difference between living in the South and living in the North. "In the South," he said, "I was loved, but only as an inferior. In the North, I was treated as an equal, but I was hated." Kind of a no win...
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