The most familiar biblical image is most likely from Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. Helping the hurting. I cannot begin to estimate the number of people my wife, Michelle, and I have counseled since the suicide of our son, Jordan. Countless people who have, themselves, suffered the loss of a loved one due to … Continue reading The Joy of Helping the Hurting
EVIL & GUNS I’ve resisted posting about the massacre in Florida until recently as there is no shortage of postings. There is much to say. There is nothing to say. You want to scream. You find yourself unable to speak. Those who quickly politicize the tragedy are foolish and near-sighted. This is first and foremost … Continue reading Evil & Guns
In Conversations with Carl Sagan, Tom Head records Sagan (astronomer, astrophysicist, and ardent agnostic) as saying, "An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence." It is no secret that, despite the reasonable evidence, ultimately, … Continue reading The Faith of Atheism
As I study the biblical worldview of the afterlife (which I'm convicted is true) I'm always curious to see what mainstream culture thinks about it all. So, when I saw this tweeted article - Newsweek giving credence to the possibility of life-beyond-death - my interest was piqued. Most of the article cites what scientists are … Continue reading Newsweek: Where Do You Go When You Die?
Revelation, chapter 4, begins with the disciple, John, being transported beyond spatial-temporal human existence into the throne room of heaven itself and the eternal presence of Almighty God. For John, it's an awe-inspiring, terrifying scene as he begins recording for us the drama that will unfold immediately before the terrible judgment of God on a … Continue reading He’s Not a Tame Lion
Understanding what it means to be able to “draw near to God”... There are people in important roles whose office I could call today and be told either it will be days or weeks before I can see them, or that I can’t see them at all. Not so with the God who spoke the … Continue reading Drawing Near to God – And What It Cost Him
The Valley of Vision: a collection of Puritan prayers is a book of prayers I have in my library. The Puritan Movement took place primarily during the 16th & 17th centuries. As with any “religiosity” the corrupt heart of mankind can twist God’s Word to mean what they want it to mean - hence, the … Continue reading The Valley of Vision