While poking around on the internet I ended up briefly at the website of The Gospel Coalition and saw an article titled "The Hypocrisy of Phariseephobia." As anyone who reads this blog could tell you, hypocrisy and Pharisees are two words that I've recently given a lot of thought. So I curiously clicked and read … Continue reading Somebody gets it
I long held pretty standard views of Jesus' confrontation of the Pharisees. My view has shifted slightly, or rather has expanded to allow room for identifying all self-righteous individuals and points of view as having a close relationship to the Pharisees of Jesus day. We remember that Jesus warned his disciples “beware of the leaven … Continue reading Explaining the concept of secular phariseeism
I want to provide a bit more information for those who are interested in getting a better idea of what actually went on that violent and deadly day in Charlottesville, VA. "What about the 'alt-left,'" Donald Trump asked, "do they have any semblance of guilt?" Here are a few firsthand accounts from counter-protestors, including clergy: … Continue reading Counter-protestors in their own words
Do we really need to talk about the violence of Charlottesville and its political aftermath? Are there significant questions of right and wrong involved? Clearly, yes. Racism and political violence are moral issues, and our country is struggling (failing?) to find righteous answers to such problems. Christians need to speak about righteousness and sin. The … Continue reading Talking about Charlottesville
The previous post described three rules of practical wisdom which are really not wisdom at all. They were "don't offend anyone," "we don't need to talk about sin," and "guiltless sin" or the fiction of moral ignorance. The post touched briefly on each one, endeavoring to show what these rules are and why they are … Continue reading Another wrong tool
Here's a brief thought based on the first chapter of 2 Peter. In this chapter the apostle Peter expresses a desire for grace and peace to be abundant in the lives of the believers. After making reference to the tremendous promises God has given, us Peter tells us how we should respond to these things. … Continue reading Are we forgetting something?
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and … Continue reading An example to follow