Beware the Grudge

Grudge

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. -Ruth Bell Graham   Continue Reading

When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

Manifest

Manifest

“God was manifest in the flesh.” -I Timothy 3:16 “The world is not an easy place for anyone,” Annie Sullivan said in reference to her famous pupil Helen Keller, but she could have been speaking for all of us. Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 3 of a Five Part Series

Gender

The growing support for transsexualism in the culture, plus the growing number of voices within the Church calling for us to not only to show respect and compassion to transsexuals (a very sound idea) but approval as well (an unsound option) has prodded me to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on the subject six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find the entire article it in its original form here)   Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 2 of a 5-Part Series

Gender

Recent events in both the culture and the Church have prodded me this week to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on transsexualism six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find it in its original form here) Continue Reading

The Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

“Without your wound where would your power be? The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In love’s service only the wounded soldiers can serve.” -Thornton Wilder Now I see why I always cry at the end of Our Town. Thornton Wilder had a grasp on language and the human soul which leaves me flabbergasted. And he’s bringing up something in this quote I’ve thought over for years, and have reluctantly come to believe: my best qualities spring Continue Reading

The Unnatural Drifter

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“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom ---” - D.A. Carson I’m an unnatural man, and I hope my life shows it. At least, that's I try to be. How else can I explain some of the life-changing and seemingly radical decisions I’ve made over the years, or some of the things I say “no” to when everything in me Continue Reading

Amazing Grays

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Our local paper ran a feature story awhile back, written by a self-identified evangelical Christian and titled “There is Something in the Air. Can You Feel It? Grace.” Great start. Nothing turns me on like a consideration of God’s grace because, after all, where would I be without it? But then it all went downhill, as the article celebrated the growing acceptance of same sex marriage, even among believers, as evidence of a “great grace awakening.” She went so far as to call it a Third Great Awakening which is “broader” than traditional Continue Reading

I Was Born Again This Way

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“And having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness.” -Romans 6:18 Pop singer Lady Gaga made a huge splash with a dance single extolling the virtues of self-love, self-congratulations and general self-celebration in her song Born This Way. The lyrics proclaim that whatever we are must be good simply because it is, so God must have intended it. There’s plenty of room for theological debate right there, in light of scripture’s clear explanation of our fallen nature, but never mind. A primary point the Lady makes is that birth Continue Reading

Gotta Serve Somebody

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“Nevertheless they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.” -II Chronicles 12:8 “You may be the heavyweight champion of the world You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls. But you're gonna have to serve somebody” -Bob Dylan, “Gotta Serve Somebody” Continue Reading