Bill Gothard’s Analogous Teachings

I had a call last week from someone who had been involved with and influenced by Bill Gothard’s ministry and teaching nearly or perhaps even from the beginning. They have a Master’s degree and taught in public school for most of their career. They called because they are troubled and trying to figure out why they have such a difficult time with Scripture and sorting things out in the life of faith. We talked for … Continue reading

In Defense of “Merry Christmas”: The Battle for Freedom and Faith

The “War on Christmas” is treated by the media as an annual event, obviously because the Christmas season is upon us only once a year. The general public became more fully aware of this battle when it was reported in the last few years that many retail stores ask their employees to offer greetings of “happy holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas” as a less offensive approach to interacting with customers. Of course, the phrase … Continue reading

Intimidation

Intimidation comes at us on a variety of fronts and sometimes in subtle ways. It might come from the political arena or religious groups. Sometimes it is family or work associates. In some cases intimidation can be a good thing but is most it can be destructive and is used to manipulate. “Where can it be good?” you might wonder. During the Cold War era the U.S. and Russia instituted MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction. … Continue reading

I Thank God for Me

The nation’s annual Thanksgiving holiday is today. George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation begins: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, … Continue reading

The Gospel According to Les Mis

I used to avoid musicals. Didn’t get the point of interrupting good acting with singing. That was until I heard Les Miserables for the first time.  Les Mis is all singing and so by rights, I should dislike it as well. But what songs! When Valjean sings “Sweet Jesus what have I done/become a thief in the night/Become a dog on the run?” I begin to feel the stigma of living under the French parole … Continue reading