By and large, this year’s elections have been characterized by vicious vitriol, sensational sectarianism, and fierce fearmongering. Politicians and pundits of both sides herald sad tidings if the future is held by those across the aisle: the end of liberty; the end of democracy; the end of America. As a Christian, I have to accept … More Preparing for November 4: How Christians Should Behave Regardless of the Outcome of the Elections
Teaching someone the Gospel should always involve an exercise I call “counting the cost.” Counting the cost is where you help someone to understand that, though the burden of Jesus is comparatively light to the weight of living without Him (Matthew 11:28-30), there is a burden to be borne and at times a high price … More Counting the Cost Ancient Christians Paid: Why Properly Evaluating Ancient Trials Is Incredibly Important for Those Facing Modern Ones
When Luke put pen to parchment to tell the story of the first century church, he told a story of conversions, of people who were turning from the way of the world to the Way that is in Christ. If someone were to do the same (minus the parchment no doubt) for the twenty-first century … More Engaging Extra-Biblical History: Eleven Suggestions for Becoming a Better Student of History So That You Can Become a Better Student of the Bible
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. She was an incredibly polarizing public figure. Her followers branded her, “The Notorious RBG,” in praise; her opponents would have applied the word notorious to her in a more traditional sense. Since her passing, I’ve seen two very different and very vocal responses … More Navigating the Death of a “Notorious” Public Figure
Satan delights whenever man determines to disobey God, especially when that disobedience is directed towards Gods’ command for each man to love his neighbor as himself. I can only image Satan’s joy over the events of the past week. Satan was thrilled when a police officer chose to apply undue brutality without mercy and a … More The Choice Facing Christians After Minneapolis
You can’t open up Facebook or turn on the evening news these days without seeing coronavirus-induced frustration. Depending on where you look though, you’ll typically see two kinds of frustration from two camps of people. These camps oppose each other and voice their frustrations out of a desire for opposite things. Some people are frustrated … More To Assemble or Not? Some Thoughts for Christians as Churches Seek to Return to Normality After Covid-19
Last year, my family and I were blessed to be able to visit my nation’s capital. I have to specify that second “my” – the fact that my wife is an Australian citizen is actually what brought us to Washington D.C. She needed to renew her passport, which unfortunately requires an in-person visit to the … More Patriotism, Politics, and the Christian – One Man’s Journey to Finding Peace in the Political Process and Profound Gratitude for His God and His Country
Normally around this time of year, if someone who is not a member of the church of Christ finds out I’m a minister, they’ll say something about Easter. More than once someone has said, “This must be a busy time of year for you.” This gives me the opportunity to point out that, “Actually, we … More Exegeting Easter’s Origins: Neither Biblical nor Pagan (but Important to Consider)
Some have taken the opportunity presented by the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 to say things like, “Good! We can finally get the church out of these buildings!” While I believe that it is important to look for positives in difficult situations, I feel the need to point out that this is actually *not* something to … More The Church Has Left the Building: Is COVID-19 a Blessing in Disguise?
The debate regarding climate change really should not be over what is happening, but why it is happening. … More What’s Exegetical About Climate Change?