Strange Bedfellows

If, as it is said, politics makes for strange bedfellows, Cultural Ideology says, “Hold My Beer.” Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor, In his essay Welcome to Culture War 2.0, claims that we are witnessing a “great realignment” of cultural forces. And they are some strange bedfellows indeed. First Boghossian distinguishes Culture War 1.0 and 2.0. This first culture war was mostly fought over issues of religious faith and morality, such as whether creationism was a … Continue reading

Reading Romans

Something always bugged me about Paul’s letter to the Romans. Growing up in the atmosphere of Evangelical churches, principally Baptist, I absorbed the accepted narrative of what was going on in Romans. Paul wrote a letter to the house churches in Rome. It is Paul’s “Theological letter” meaning it is this treatise on the Gospel, meaning how to get saved. Sure, Paul always has some practical application for believers signaled by the transition in 12:1 … Continue reading

Nothing Like a Storm

The man who has been called the greatest living Christian apologist has gone home to his great reward. I had the privilege of being Norman Geisler’s student from 1995-2006. I took only two classes from him but I attended numerous chapels and conferences. I was one of the many students to be invited to the cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. I enjoyed the privilege of being in the man’s orbit. He has been … Continue reading

How to Pray for a President

I think David Platt did just fine when President Trump showed up at McClean Bible Church and sat through the service. Platt brought him on stage and prayed for him. He showed us to the proper way to engage in prayer with our political leaders. I’ll get to how not to do it in a minute. On MBC website Platt explained what happened: At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I … Continue reading

Blind Spots

Recently I sat down at lunch with a church leader. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The elders (deacons for your Baptists) were having trouble agreeing on a vision for their church. The pastor was trying to lead them in one direction and  some elder says in so many words the most hard-headed sentence ever to leave the walls of a church business meeting: “We never did it that way before. Why can’t we … Continue reading

Re-creation

As I write this, I am at the beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My darling children are having a ball with their grandparents about a hundred miles from me. I have been thinking about two words for the last two hours. “Rest” and “Recreation.” Rest is a word throughout the Bible of course. God rested on the seventh day. The ark rested on Mount Ararat. Jesus promises to give rest to the those who … Continue reading