October212014

Offensive Weapons

New Post: Offensive Weapons

Offensive WeaponsOur culture has raised taking offense to an art form. While there are probably many explanations for this, I came across something recently that I think explains it very well.

For my birthday my daughter gave me a copy of Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov.” As I was reading it, a quote jumped off the page at me:

“The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone.”

For those…

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October132014

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Matthew 25:1-13

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Matthew 25:1-13“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the…

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October72014

I Am What I (Say) I Am

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I Am What I (Say) I AmIdeas have consequences and in western culture, few ideas have had more consequences (of the negative variety) in the last hundred years than existentialism.

Existentialism is a philosophy of existence that makes the individual primary. Among other things, it teaches that each person has the ability to decide for themselves the meaning of their life and who or what they are. None of that is…

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October22014

King Saul’s Bad Theology

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King Saul's Bad TheologyThroughout the book of I Samuel, God, through Samuel and others, made it clear to King Saul that the kingdom of Israel was no longer his (15:26). It was also clear that David was God’s anointed and would one day be the king (18:12, 24:20).

Despite this, Saul continued to pursue keeping the throne and as part of that quest he sought to kill David.

In I Samuel 23:7 we read an interesting thing as…

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July192014

The Real “Naked Truth”

New Post: The Real “Naked Truth”

Truth has fallen on hard times in recent decades. If there is one thing people in our culture want more than anything else it is to live in any way they choose – yet experience no adverse consequences for doing so. However, while we can choose to live in a way that ignores truth, we cannot choose to be free from the consequences of doing so.

I was reminded of this disconnect with regard to sex…

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June212014

Presbyterian Church (USA) & the Golden Calf

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Exodus chapter 32 is surely one of the saddest chapters in the Old Testament.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) & the Golden Calf

Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin c. 1711

God has done a mighty work on behalf of His people Israel. He’s freed them from slavery in Egypt through a series of miraculous events. He’s led them through the Red Sea on dry land and destroyed the army of Pharaoh. He’s led them into the desert as a pillar of…

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May122014

Good For Thee But Not For Me

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You may have heard about New York mayor de Blasio’s crusade against the city’s charter schools. People are rightfully outraged at his willingness to sacrifice the education of some of New York’s poorest children to pay back supporters in the teacher unions. This, they say, is yet another example of liberal hypocrisy. The left talks about wanting to help children but when they have an opportunity…

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March252014

World Vision Jumps the Shark

It’s one of those things that caused me to do a double take. The headline was “World Vision: Why We’re Hiring Gay Christians in World Vision Jumps the SharkSame-Sex Marriages.” Had I stumbled on one of those news parody sites like The Onion? No, this was on Christianity Today and the headline was real. Heretofore Christian ministry World Vision was seriously making the case that the best way forward for their ministry is to…

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March212014

Socialism’s Dirty Little Secret

It is not self-sustaining.

As Margaret Thatcher said “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Like cancer, socialism needs a host.

In a revealing article called “Cuba Could be Venezuela’s Biggest Loser” from NBC news, Silvana Ordonez says:

Without Venezuela and its oil and subsidies, “industrial production, trade, transport, agriculture, and the whole…

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March112014

The War on Humans

This is worth a half hour of your time. When we read horror stories about Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia or the…

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