Is Pornography Morally Acceptable at Seminary?

No, this title is not clickbait. It is a question our seminaries, churches, and homes are confronting daily. Read on. State of Affairs A recent Gallup poll reported that 43 percent of Americans now think pornography is morally acceptable.[1] This is up from 36... Read More »

The Perils of Patriotic Preaching

What does a theologian teach to young preachers at the dawn of the Third Reich? Such was the dilemma of Karl Barth, a Swiss-born theologian, noted professor and outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler. Barth launched a resistance movement amidst the German firestorm ... Read More »

Take Your Bible, Not Politics, Into The Pulpit

Recently, I was invited to a meeting with area pastors about a serious issue that our school board was facing. An organization was suing our school board for various acts of religious expression that they felt violated the separation of church and state. It ha... Read More »

Demonstrating God the Father

God created three institutions this side of heaven—family, church and government. Family was the first institution He created in Genesis 1-2, and it has been under assault since Genesis 3. Family is the basic unit of society. If you weaken the family, you we... Read More »

Families and Purity

That sweet family sitting in worship may have secrets. Dad and his teenage son probably visit the same pornographic websites. Mom may be flirting online with her high school sweetheart. The middle school daughter may be sexting photos to her boyfriend. And gra... Read More »

Jesus: Logician and Lord

Jesus as Philosopher and Thinker Dallas Willard once said, “There is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.”[1] What Willard meant is that there are many things we, as Christians, think of when we think of Jesus, but His smartnes... Read More »

An Incredible Name

One of the most interesting discussions you can have with Muslims has to do with their 99 names for God. They are supposed to continually think about these names as a way to worship and also understand how magnificent God is. I like to ask them to explain some... Read More »

More than Flowers, Please

It comes once a year. A time we dedicate to honoring mothers. Most often on Mother’s Day, these revered women will receive a phone call, a card, and a vase of flowers. Such expressions of love are no doubt important and heartfelt. For those of us who have fa... Read More »

How much is too much? Consumerism and Happiness in an Age of Plenty

“I shop, therefore, I am.” “You are what you own.” “He who dies with the most toys wins.” “The only value is market value.” These pithy slogans, and many more like them, capture the sentiment of many today, especially in America. Amazon, Walmar... Read More »

The Vision Thing: Necessary or Optional?

Proverbs 29:18a, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” refers to supernatural revelation. The word translated as vision also appears in Jeremiah 23:16b in a warning about false prophets: “They are leading you into futility; they speak ... Read More »