Declaring Independence from Violence on the 4th of July

When confronted with problems, the United States has a history of bold ideas, of path-finding people, of those willing to suffer for the sake of their children. We are “can-do” folks — and this July 4, it’s time to start another revolution. Historians tell us that more human beings were killed by other human beings [Read More…]

The Cross Is… (Philosophical Reflections on Calvary)

This is post 2 of 3 on philosophical reflections on the cross by pastor and philosopher, Jeff Cook … How we see the cross matters. Benjamin L. Corey here wrote, “the character of God we think we see on the cross becomes our foundation of understanding who God is.” Is the cross required to keep [Read More…]

God, The Cross, and the Problem of Evil (Jeff Cook)

 This is a first of three posts by pastor and philosopher, Jeff Cook, on philosophical reflections of the cross. … I have long believed that without pain, love is impossible. Real love requires sacrifice. The love I have for my boys is manifest in my persistent back pain from lifting them up over and again. [Read More…]

10 Things You Can’t Do and Still Call Yourself “Pro-Life”

Being “pro-life” had always been something that was central to my identity. I learned early on, that in order to be a good Christian, one was expected to be “pro” or “in favor of” life- which made complete sense, and still does. As Jesus followers, we follow the one who can lead us to eternal [Read More…]

Dead hookers and AK-47’s – not God’s country anymore…

When I lived in Texas for a brief stint in the 90’s, locals commonly referred to their state as “God’s Country”. I can understand the nickname when I think of the many beautiful spots I’ve seen in Texas, but not when I think about the laws in Texas. Or America, for that matter. News from [Read More…]