What Should You Value In A Preacher?

Who is your favorite preacher? Oftentimes I will ask my students to answer that question on the first day of class. I have just about heard them all: Swindoll, Evans, MacArthur, Platt, Dever, Chandler, Rogers, etc. I even had a student say “Dr. Vern Charette... Read More »

Seeing God in History

Like many endurance sports, mountain climbers have their own cadre of clubs celebrating the adventures shared by only a few humans in history. In the 1980s, Richard Bass and Frank Wells conceived the mountaineering challenge of scaling the highest peak on each... Read More »

Abortion Opposition – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Immediately on the heel of a stellar turnout for Evangelicals for Life and March for Life in spite of snowy and freezing weather, and Sanctity of Life Sunday last weekend, Monday appeared to usher several blows for those who oppose abortion. First, the Harris ... Read More »

Are You DSL Error Code 631?

Recently my DSL modem died. Two hours of on-the-phone tech support with “Margie” could not revive it. Interestingly, the DSL error code for a nonfunctioning modem is 666. The house was disconnected from the world for three days until a new modem arrived. N... Read More »

Saying “No” to “Go”!

One of the great things about the love of God is that it is unconditional. We love using the Greek word for this, agape. It just sounds great and moves us to a level beyond sentimentalism. This also becomes one of the great challenges for a disciple of Jesus b... Read More »

I Would Never Trade My Rookie Season

My entrance into full-time ministry came later than I had planned. After college came seminary and then my doctoral studies, and in the midst of all of that schooling, I was married and had two children. It seemed as if my career plans and school were one and ... Read More »

Human beings: Self-creators, self-shapers, or determined?

The culture war rages over the nature of human persons. Questions concerning when a fetus becomes a person, when or whether a computer can attain something like consciousness, or the nature of human marriage and family daily make headlines. In this post, I wan... Read More »

The Miracle of Christmas

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14a) On the scale of crazy, this claim is tops. There’s no doubt that the Gospels trade in the extraordinary throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry. Walking on water, multiplying fishes and loaves, and even... Read More »

I Received a Black Eye – and I’m Proud of It

Recently, I came to work with a periorbital hematoma, also known as a black eye. Everyone wanted to know what happened—did I run into a door, was I mugged, etc. I do not have an elaborate or heroic story explaining the black eye that would permit me to state... Read More »

Imagine Global Islam

Travel with me for a moment in future time to late December 2099. The gavel comes down, and the 37th state of the United States legally votes to dissolve its state constitution and supplant it with a modified version of Sharia law. Minaret towers cry out aroun... Read More »