Elsewhere on the internet, I responded to a comment about the definition of art. In part, the comment said this: Art is an expression that I just let happen for it's own sake I responded with: Sounds more like an out of body experience than art! The definition you're using is probably familiar to us … Continue reading Quick Thought: What is Art?
The gospel teaches us that the strong should care for the weak. It does this by admonishing us and by giving us the example of Christ, whose great strength was spent on our behalf. Furthermore, the gospel commands us to provide additional examples by imitating Christ. By his vibrant example, Christ teaches us the good … Continue reading The strong and the weak
The phrase in charge of is a wonderful thing. Sometimes we speed right past it without pausing to consider the depth of what it communicates about authority. Merriam-Webster tells me that in charge of is an idiom, it is an expression peculiar to English speaking people. The form of the phrase suggests all kind of … Continue reading In charge of
I wrote recently about one-sided cultural engagement, where Christians are engaged by the world without the world hearing from them about Christ. Movies, music and television are all forms of one-way communication. When the person doing the talking is ungodly, that can be one of three different kinds of trouble for those on the listening … Continue reading On hanging out with the worldly
Do we live in a moral universe? How you answer this question is crucial to determining the course of your life. What I mean to ask is not whether men or society is moral. We know that men are corrupt, and although they appreciate morality, they don't choose it as often as they should. We … Continue reading Do we live in a moral universe?
Have you ever thought about the fact that most Christians experience a one-sided version of cultural engagement? I mean that most of us experience the culture generated by those outside the church, but the culture-makers never even see our faces. We go to the movies, listen to the radio, read the news article, but when … Continue reading One-sided cultural engagement
Christ is miles ahead of secular society's current outrage over sexual misbehavior. Not only have faithful Christians been unequivocally opposed to sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape for almost two thousand years, we have been describing and advocating the most liberating, enjoyable and healthy expression of human sexuality all along. Christianity has no need to … Continue reading Miles ahead of them
Apparently, the USA has a de facto policy of separating immigrant families who have probably come to country illegally. This is not good, not right and not biblical. Let's take a moment and clarify the context of the immigration debates in this country. For decades now we have had a real mess on our hands. … Continue reading Separating families is wrong
By now, it's a familiar notion that churches and ministers should avoid politics. In my estimation, it's an artificial constraint of the gospel, but it's certainly a well-known artificial constraint. It has been common for churches to avoid weighing in on politics, preferring to stick to more obvious elements of the gospel. (What is obvious … Continue reading The separation of church and politics