A stereotypical fairytale begins with the words, “Once upon a time.” When we hear these words, something triggers in our brains that tells us, “Oh, okay, so this never really happened.” But the phrase itself would indicate otherwise. Once upon a time actually suggests that this event took place...
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...
From the moment that Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God, mankind has been taking God’s good gifts and distorting them. Sex is no exception. In fact, it probably tops the list of good gifts that have been abused, distorted, and misappropriated. In our modern world, a liberated sex...
In light of my recent posts on busyness, it seems fitting to share a few thoughts on rest. Rest can be awful: “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will...
Yesterday, I introduced the topic of suffering. Specifically, I raised the age old question, “Why does God allow his children to suffer?” And although I have spent a lot of time looking into the Bible’s answer to this question, in yesterday’s post I explored one of three similes that...
A couple of weeks ago, I raised this same question regarding music (see the post below), but the same sort of question can be raised with movies. A few years ago, a bunch of us at EBC went out to the movies and saw the Gran Torino with Clint...
A. W. Tozer famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” John Frame widens that thought to extend to literally everything: “The most important fact about anything in the world is its relationship to God's lordship.” Frame intends...
I’ve written a bit on Halloween in the past, and I’ve even engaged in a very gentle debate with some of my coworkers on whether or not it’s appropriate for a Christian to Trick-or-Trick (here). Some people can be dismissive about this issue (myself included), but there are significant...
In my last post, I explained that Christians typically try to convince non-Christians of the truth of the Bible by proving its reliability textually and historically. But non-Christians have another way of evaluating Christianity: they want to know if they can trust the Bible morally. It doesn’t occur to me...
Even if you have never heard of naturalism, you have been deeply influenced by it. It is the unspoken (sometimes—it’s often proclaimed loudly and with authority) assumption of our modern world. In a nutshell, naturalism teaches that our world exists within, well, a nutshell. In other words, our universe is...
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