When I was a teenager, one of my father’s hardest jobs with me was to get me to think about others, to think in advance about the impact that my words and actions would have on other people. As a father myself and when my children were teenagers, I had the joy of helping them to learn that they are not sovereign and independent entities. They are connected to family, friends, school, church, and employer.
And to God. The God... Read More
When we see people making fools of themselves in public or doing something embarrassing or illegal, our first response is to dissociate ourselves. “I’m not with them!”
One of the most wonderful things that Jesus Christ our Savior does for us is to choose to be identified with us. Not only did he take on human flesh just like ours and then stay human, he takes particular delight in bonding himself to us and us to him, soul and... Read More
One of the annual rites of spring all around America is the sight of clusters of grade school children trooping through zoos and museums on field trips. There they will find “helpful” information about the origin of the universe and of mankind itself. They will learn about billions of years of evolutionary development, the Paleozoic era, and Cro-Magnon man in the natural history displays.
What they will not hear is anything about creative design, about a guiding mind and power... Read More
First Corinthians chapter 7 is a marvelous essay on the paradox of single versus married life. In it you will hear Paul urge marriage for all, since there was (and regrettably still is) so much sexual immorality. You will also hear him urge the single life, since he personally so highly prized his independence. So which is it? Does God prefer singlehood or marriage? The answer is yes.
Anyone who is living in the 21st century is forced to live... Read More
Our entire country’s central emotional value, the central theme of our history, the central goal for which our ancestors paid a terrible price in blood and treasure is freedom. Ever since we were young, we have been taught that the early colonists were oppressed by the British government, and so they declared independence. Since we were young, we have been taught the evils of human slavery and how a brutal civil war was needed to end it in our country.... Read More
“Who am I?”
Certain times in people’s lives drive that question to the front burner. The teen years can be confusing to a young person’s self-image. People groping for a career, not just another job, can’t figure out what they’re good at (or good for). People who get laid off from their jobs or suffer breakup of their marriages have their self-image badly shaken. Middle-aged people have been known to break down in their ruts and routines and question their... Read More
It seems to me that there is a terrible amount of misinformation out there, even among Christians, about what heaven will be like. Some think we will be like the angels. (Wrong! They are spirits; we will have physical bodies.) Some think we will be up in the sky, sitting on the clouds. (Wrong! We will walk upon the new earth that the Creator will create.) Some think that we will be reincarnated for another go-round on earth. (Wrong! We... Read More
God has a lot of competition in the category of what people most desire. Jesus had been watching human behavior for many millennia and saw a sad pattern emerge. He saw it in the materialistic heart of one of his closest friends, one of his own chosen disciples, Judas. He saw how easily money could become an idol, a substitute god that ruled in people’s hearts.
He said once, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the... Read More
One of the things that hinders me from more enthusiastic thanks to my dad on Father’s Day is that so much of what I owe him came to me unconsciously. When you are blessed to have a dad throughout your entire childhood, you don’t realize that you are being trained in absolutely vital life skills: telling the truth, finishing a job, respecting and obeying authority, restraining your temper, and treating women with respect and tenderness.
Where you really notice the... Read More