Kim Jong Un: the Jim Jones and David Koresh of East Asia

The Wall Street Journal story titled “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat” appeared three days ago (Monday, August 14) at 9:36 p.m. (ET). Kim Jong Un had taken his military belt off his socialist pants and was all set to administer a nuclear spanking to the bad-boy U.S. when suddenly, for some inexplicable reason he strapped the belt back around his waist. Instead, he wagged his chubby little index finger at the U.S. armada … Continue reading

Moral Fluidity

We live in the challenging times of what we might call “moral fluidity.” For nearly two millennia Western culture has been guided by Judeo/Christian moral and ethical values. That doesn’t mean that no one violated them, of course. Every human being has violated them. As we pointed out last week in “The Good, Good News,” we are all moral failures – but at least everyone knew what the moral standards were! Yes, people often tried … Continue reading

The Good, Good News

Ron’s blog last week, “N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell,” drew comments which seem to indicate that some believe salvation is achieved the old-fashioned way: We earn it. Yes, Jesus may play His part in saving us, but we must contribute to the process – do our part. After all, we are asked, didn’t Jesus Himself say that? Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to … Continue reading

N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell

If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback you will surely experience can be timed in microseconds. It’s tedious because you will be subjected to a series of overweeningly shrill diatribes, accompanied by confident insinuations that anyone who says such a thing is a divisive dolt. … Continue reading

Lessons from the Garden

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, … Continue reading

A Ham-Handed Walk through Church History

Sometimes when someone makes such an outlandish, obviously inflammatory statement you have to step back and look at what’s really going on. Take this headline from Churchleaders: “The Ridiculous Emphasis Christians Place on the Bible” I’m mean seriously. To be fair, Churchleaders.com (hereafter CL) gives this caveat: We at ChurchLeaders believe in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture as the inspired word of God. In fulfilling our purpose of helping church leaders lead better every … Continue reading