A Serendipity Named Cornelius

February is such a fun-filled month of joy and the expression of tokens of love, but it frequently comes with certain expectations. Besides December, more acts of kindness and expressions of love are given in this month than any other time of the year. But mos... Read More »

To Meditate or Not to Meditate …

Recent reports of studies from the world of psychology have heaped doubts upon the efficacy of meditation as a therapy and have undermined the widespread idea that Eastern-style meditation can be good for whatever ails you. One news article reports: For scient... Read More »

Seizing Moments that Shape Eternity

The account in Acts 8:26-40 of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch through the witness of Philip fascinates me every time I read it. There are so many surprise factors in the story. I’m surprised by an angel commanding Philip to go to the desert road that... Read More »

Christianity and the Alluring Beauty of the Divine Dance, Pt. 2

In a previous post, I explored the nature of beauty as understood in the Christian tradition. I contrasted this traditional Christian story regarding the nature of beauty with philosophical naturalism and exclusive humanism, two sides of a now standard story t... Read More »

Christianity and the Alluring Beauty of the Divine Dance, Pt. I

Reflection on the nature of beauty has a rich precedent in the Christian tradition, and for good reason. The Scriptures are replete with judgements about the beauty of objects as diverse as landscapes (Jeremiah 3:19), cities (Psalm 48:2; 50:2), priestly robes ... Read More »

6 Hard Lessons Learned from Parenting in Crisis

Parenting in times of family crisis and suffering can make the already challenging work even more difficult. My wife and I have been learning for several years the challenge of parenting in these seasons. We have faced moments of intense trial in our family, b... Read More »

Death is not a Blessing

Editor’s Note: This article is written to correspond with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sanctity of Life Sunday (January 21) Some 20 years ago, Dudley Clendinen wrote an opinion for The New York Times entitled “When Death is a Blessing and Li... Read More »

Some Observations about a Prisoned Bible

It was the first day of my Bible Study Methods class … in prison. After passing through all the security checkpoints, I entered a musty room filled with 40 convicted felons in white jump suits, ready to study the Bible. During my first few years at Southwest... Read More »

We Cannot Walk Alone

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday we have observed since 1986 that commemorates the efforts of the Civil Rights movement in our country, and especially one of the most important voices: Martin Luther King Jr. Though Dr. King spoke and wrote much, ... Read More »

Rest and Remember

The tendency to forget is as natural as sinning since the Fall. Yet, we are called in Scripture to remember the Lord our God. Aging seems to be an enemy of our ability to remember, but it is not the only hindrance. The busyness of our lives demands mental atte... Read More »