Jesus: The sweetest name

Jesus: The sweetest name

Jesus, the door Jesus, the road Jesus, the guide Jesus, the goal Jesus, the beginning Jesus, the endJesus, maker of all worlds Jesus, babe in Mary's womb Jesus, physician of my soul Jesus, healer of my bodyJesus, the word of God Jesus, the wisdom of God Jesus, the face of God Jesus, the son of God Jesus, the son of manJesus, waves beneath his feet Jesus, winds at his command Jesus, angels arrayed in fear Jesus, children running nearJesus, the savior Jesus, the … [Read more...]

Make room for suffering

make room for suffering

There is a strain of Christianity that promises material blessing as a sign of God's favor: cars, homes, bank accounts, etc. Given the economic downturn over the last few years, this strain should strain all credibility. Did God decide to withhold 30 to 40 percent of his favor across whole neighborhoods as their housing values plummeted? … [Read more...]

Looking for the absent God

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The early Christians and later patristic writers read the Old Testament with a view to Christ. They saw his shadow in the law, the prophets, and the writings like Psalms. They also saw him in the Song of Solomon, seeing in the Hebrew love poem a picture of Christ and the church. … [Read more...]

Why Mormons aren’t Christians

Angel Moroni

For the last generation Mormons have tried to mainstream themselves. The popular "I am a Mormon" ad campaign is part of that effort, but it's only the most recent manifestation of a long public-relations campaign. For the last few decades the Mormon Church has presented its adherents as good-neighborly types: friendly, moral, familial. But the family-down-the-street strategy is only part of the job.The Mormons have also actively worked to make their beliefs appear within the pale of orthodox … [Read more...]

On judging Joel Osteen

On judging Joel Osteen

It turns out that criticizing Joel Osteen ruffles feathers. Perhaps this shouldn't surprise. His congregation is more than forty-thousand strong, his sermons air worldwide, and his book sales are stratospheric. He's got more than a few fans available to take offense at someone holding his feet to the fire.In response to my piece Friday, "The insufferable Joel Osteen," several people said that I was "judging" Osteen, which is a considerable no-no. I was told I should be ashamed and that I … [Read more...]

The insufferable Joel Osteen

Every Day a Friday

Few things rub me the wrong way as much as poseurs masquerading as pastors. If that sounds unduly harsh, forgive me, but I don't think this is undue.Al Mohler recently published a piece on Joel Osteen's equation of Mormonism with evangelical and Catholic Christianity. … [Read more...]

To see and know, first obey

To see and know, first obey

In C.S. Lewis's Narnia novel, Prince Caspian, the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are lost. Walking through the woods, they cannot make their way safely and are uncertain about the right course.Lucy catches a glimpse of the great lion Aslan and knows that they should walk toward where she spotted him. The others disbelieve, however, and think they have a better idea. They don't and after going their own way nearly get killed. Aslan appears again and directs Lucy to … [Read more...]


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