What is the proper relationship between church and state? Throughout history there have been many opinions about this relationship. Some have thought the state should serve the church, and some that the church should serve the state. Others have seen the two as having varying levels of independence, and still others have no use for … Continue reading Biblical Origins of the State
By and large, Americans practice a certain type of decision making in their marriages which we might call the equal partners model. The idea is that justice requires that the husband and wife each have one vote. In this model, decision making is easy when the husband and wife agree. When they disagree, they are … Continue reading American marriages, danger ahead
For husbands who desire to follow the instruction of scripture by being a real, live head-of-household, there is good news. The good news is the winsomeness of what God actually commands husbands to do. There is a natural attractiveness to carrying out the commandment.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough recently told his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, that she is far too biased to be a reporter. Wowzer! I've linked the clip here, starting at 4:32. The relevant rebuke runs through about 7:00. https://youtu.be/MXeUm5F0lWM?t=4m32s Now, I don't really watch the show, but I'm shocked that one host would say something like that to … Continue reading You really shouldn’t be reporting.
I've been told that a man who trains police officers to handle dangerous situations has a frightening habit when pulled over for traffic violations. After parking his car, while the officer behind him is running his plates, he exits the vehicle and begins walking towards the police car. As he does this, he reaches behind … Continue reading Risk and police shootings
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?