Is Stephen Paddock in Hell?

What truths can we cling to in order to somehow cope with this massive act of evil? Read more

Do Your Thoughts and Prayers Matter?

Do thoughts and prayers matter when hundreds are waking up with the news that their loved one has been killed by a shooter? When hurricanes destroy entire islands? As earthquakes devastate the lives of thousands? Read more

Why Heaven is NOT the Ultimate Destination

I know, I know—this is a radical change of view for many people. Stay with me… Read more

The Nashville Statement and Models of Pastoral Care

Is the Nashville Statement pastoral (enough) in approach? Read more

Why I Signed the Nashville Statement

The angry refusals of the Nashville Statement have been sadly revealing; the mincing and squeamish complaints, perhaps more so. Read more

The Best Question to Ask a Skeptic

So what’s the best question to ask a skeptic? Read more

God Wasn’t in the Storm: How Imprecise Language Yields a Harmful Theology of Pain

We too often condense complex biblical concepts into sentence-long platitudes that do more to misrepresents God than to express the mercy, compassion and relational longing of His heart. Read more

False Messiahs: Who Are They, Really?

According to the Bible, certain “birth pains” will presage the end of this world and the start of the next. Especially intriguing is the prediction in Matthew 24:24: “For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.” Who exactly are these bedazzling, would-be saviors? We can only guess, but today’s devout technologists certainly fit the bill. Think about it. Technology—be it the web or a… Read more

Early Jesus-followers as a Hodgepodge of Competing Christianities: Rethinking a Popular Thesis

If you could travel back in time to the year 100 to visit several of the small Christian communities scattered across the Mediterranean world, what would you find? Read more

As It Is in Heaven

At some point in each of our lives, we have wondered what our purpose is for this place and time, in this context of flesh and bone. Were we thoughtfully created in a virtuous design by the imagination of a loving Creator? Or is our existence more random, particles of science left to chance, deriving whatever pleasure we can muster for the moment and leaving the rest to fickle fate? If we subscribe to the latter belief that our lives… Read more