“Have a (nearly) Cheerless Lent!” He said thoughtfully.

Recently someone said: “Happy Lent!” I paused and considered. Lent strikes me as a terrifically unhappy time of the year. If we are having a happy Lent in that sense of “happy,” we are doing something wrong. Now I could be Mr. Philosophy and point out that “happy” can mean “human flourishing” as the Declaration uses [Read More...]

On “Person of Interest,” Nelson Eddy, and Jeanette MacDonald, and Other Related Pop Cultural Items

Person of Interest forgot what it was as a television show, and so is dying, soon to be forgotten. Evidently, the producers of the show could not recollect the likely fan base of a show starring Jim Caviezel as they began to write based on a view of morality best suited for an entirely different [Read More...]

Why I support Israel

I would support Israel if I were not a Christian, but given that I am a Christian, I must support Israel. Why? Support for Israel is the most reasonable position and Christianity demands I choose reasonably this side of Paradise. There are no choices here between the Perfect and the Wicked, only choices between the Better and the Worse. [Read More...]

Letters to William: On God- He is Good, Even in the Old Testament (Part III)

Dear William, God, some people think is an odd sort of person, and this is true as far as it goes, if by odd one means unusual. He is not a god, since a god would merely be a superhuman but the Ground of Being. He is.  Who is He? He is best known by His [Read More...]

On Breaking Fellowship: Heresy and Sin

Here is an obvious, and uncomfortable, fact: the New Testament writers were as likely to break fellowship over bad behavior as false teaching. Right teaching was never isolated from holy living: each witnessed to the other. We need not confuse terms and call a wicked Christian a “heretic.” The attempt to justify sin often leads to bad [Read More...]