Angels and the promise of a bigger world

Archangel Michael

Some people want the Bible to be untrue. Mmm, scratch that. Some people desperately want the Bible to be untrue. This desire can manifest in a number of ways, including finding ways of explaining scriptural accounts that undermine the witness of the text.One of my favorite examples of this is the scholar who announced in 2002 that the visions of the prophet Ezekiel were the product of epilepsy, not the revelation of God. Can't be divine, so it must be . . . a disorder . . . yeah, that's the … [Read more...]

What the light of Christ teaches us

Transfiguration

At the start of his gospel, John refers to Christ as "[t]he true light that enlightens every man." He was likely an old man when he penned the line, and I can't help but wonder if his mind traveled back to an experience of his youth, during the earthly ministry of Jesus, one in which he experienced that light in a supernatural way.Jesus had at times a large entourage, but he revealed certain things to small and select group of disciples. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell about the time that … [Read more...]

We know God by experiencing him

Weighing the faith

In the endless debates about Christianity it is common to subject the church to a cost-benefit analysis. On one side of the ledger we tally up the positive impacts the faith has had: hospitals, orphanages, universities, etc. On the other side we tote up the wars, the witch-hunts, and other unhappy what-have-yous.From this analysis we expect to decide if Christianity is worth believing. If it tilts positive, then yes. If negative, then no.Since the relative value of the items in each … [Read more...]

Daddy by grace: An adoption insight

Moses and Dad

My Moses can be a fickle child. The other night he said in his singsongy, Luganda-tinged voice, "You are not my daddy." It's a funny thing to hear as an adoptive father.My response was funny too. It was a knee-jerk thing -- accidental, really -- but I dropped some theology on the boy. "You're right," I said, "I'm not your father by nature. I'm you're father by grace."Come again? It was out of my mouth before I really understood what I had said. The words came from something I had been … [Read more...]

Understanding God’s mysterious methods

Detour

It's easy to get frustrated at God and the way he appears to be ignoring our plans and prayers. But God's ways are not, so Isaiah informs us, ours. And it's interesting what can happen when we look back at unfulfilled ambitions, unplanned occurrences, and unanswered prayers.Sometimes we can see God winking at us through the supposed disappointment. Why? Because in retrospect it all turned out so much better than we had hoped.If we think about it, we all have a dozen examples from our … [Read more...]

The real crisis in Christianity

Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan's Newsweek cover story, "Christianity in Crisis," admirably argues for a "simpler, purer, apolitical" version of the faith. He condemns a politicized Christianity that is concerned with prosperity and morality but dismissive of self-sacrifice and sanctification. … [Read more...]

Meditation on the cross

Doug1021, Flickr.

Terrible stake of execution, Blessed compass and signpostTerrible thorn of the curse, Blessed tree of lifeTerrible wonder of angels, Blessed routing of demonsTerrible burden of the servant, Blessed announcement of the kingTerrible bitter draught, Blessed wood that sweetens foul watersTerrible nails and spear, Blessed ark and olive branchTerrible scandal of offense, Blessed road to salvationTerrible scorn and humiliation, Blessed hope of victoryTerrible … [Read more...]


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