As we continue to look rather thoroughly at Romans 1, I can’t emphasize enough how important this passage is for the debate about Christians and homosexuality. In fact, without Romans 1, there would be much more ambiguity about what the Bible says about same sex relations. As we said many...
This is a weird post for me to write. I don’t presume to know anything about pastors’ wives. Or about women, for that matter. I am not a pastor, so there are many things I’ll never know about a pastor’s wife. But on the other hand, my detachment from...
Yesterday we were horrified to learn about another tragedy, this time in Boston—explosions, fear, injuries, and deaths. When things like this happen, we ask ourselves questions that we already know the answers to. Why? (Because the world is fallen.) When will we stop doing this to each other? (When the...
A few days ago, I raised the question whether Jesus was born at an inn and concluded that he probably was not. For some reason, I enjoy questioning our modern view of Jesus, not because I like to be edgy, but because I love to wipe clean our cultural...
Over the past few years, I've been intrigued by the remarkable growth of Christianity around the globe in the last century. It is shocking, yet informative, that the center of gravity of the Christian Church no longer resides in the West. It is in the South (Africa and Latin...
One of my heroes of the faith is a man by the name of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), who is a fitting example of the stuff I’ve been writing about over the past few posts. Schweitzer was a German theologian and missionary who exemplifies having a passion for both heart...
My daughter's great grandfather, passed away while we lived in Scotland. I came home from the University where I was pursuing a PhD to receive the sad news. My little girl began to ask me some big theological questions to help her process Pop’s death. “Can Pop see us...
On Easter Sunday, virtually every sermon highlights Jesus’ resurrection. And rightly so. It is healthy for the church to remember this event, which Paul says happened at “the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4), with our annual church calendar. Resurrection Sunday, as many call it. It’s a big deal. But what about...
You don’t often hear this. In fact, I often hear the opposite, something like: “Bible Scholars stifle our faith;” “they only complicate the Bible so that the common person is confused;” “you don’t need to be a scholar to understand God;” and on and on. There’s some truth to this....
In this post, I want to answer three questions: How do we know all of the books in our Bibles belong? How do we know we are not missing any books from our Bibles? How do we know God doesn’t want to add to our Bibles?   How Do We Know All of the...
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