Do Not Give Your Strength to Women

The book of Proverbs ends with King Lemuel giving an oracle that his mother taught him. It begins with the question that many mothers have asked many sons over the centuries: “What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?” (Prov. 31:2)….

Gratitude that Overcomes the World

Gratitude — true gratitude — requires truth. And this is not the same thing as sincerity. People can be sincerely wrong. Lies can become so ingrained, so repeated, so believed that people say them and believe them sincerely. So it is that sincerity becomes the substitute for the truth in a world gone mad with…

Kaepernick & Worship Wars: Flags, Badges, Uniforms, and Liturgies

Introduction Flags, badges, uniforms, and liturgies are inescapable. It’s not whether we will have them but which ones we will have. This week we’ve had a helpful illustration of this phenomenon on our national stage. Trump did his Trump thing at a recent rally when he daydreamed momentarily about NFL owners firing the “sons of…

That Nashville Statement Thang

So… that Nashville Statement thang… Josh Daffern writes about what he views as the “fatal flaws” with the recent Nashville Statement, boiling down to basically an objection to what he considers its abrasive tone, seemingly stemming from his suspicion that the writers and signers of the Statement are “ivory tower” academics with no real world…

Exegesis without Seat Belts or An Autobiographical Hermeneutics Lesson

So let’s have a little autobiographical hermeneutics lesson. I was reared on Peter Leithart’s knee. James B. Jordan is my godfather, hermeneutically speaking. And what I mean by this is that I was taught to read the Bible Through New Eyes. What this means for those of you new to the party is that I…

Oscar Wilde and “Gay Culture” in the Church

One of the ways Christians get duped is by not listening to non-Christians. Parents sometimes fail in the same way with their children. This is the sin of not being cynical enough. This is the sin of optimism. Now of course love hopes all things and believes all things. Faith, hope, and love truly are…

Pastoral Ministry, Pink Hair, and the Gospel

Since it’s come to my attention that there has not been nearly enough discussion of the typological and gospel nuances inherent in pink hair, I wanted to do whatever I could to rectify the situation. Ha, that’s a little joke there, people. If you’re just tuning in, you can go back and read my posts…

Bringing America to Christ

Every Christian knows (or should know) that our citizenship is in heaven. We are Christians first. All other loyalties follow. We have given up families, lands, nations for Christ and His Kingdom. But. We also pray for God’s Kingdom to come, for His will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” Even…

Elders as Fathers

“I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I…

Entering Into His Joy

Luke L: Lk. 15:1-32 Introduction This famous chapter of Luke focuses on how God responds when sinners repent, and our temptations when that happens. God rejoices when sinners repent, but sinners are tempted to sin by not entering into His joy. Summary of the Text: This chapter consists of three stories about things that have…