The God of Yosemite

Recently, I have told that riding a motorcycle into Yosemite Valley in California can be a philosophical experience.  On your left is El Capitan, one of the world’s largest granite cliffs, rising off the valley floor to a height of three thousand feet—truly, a “rock” in the old Hebrew sense of the phrase.  On the … More The God of Yosemite

Strength Rejoices in the Challenge…and Fails

Three times the apostle Paul says that the Law was added to increase sinning. Now let that statement settle in.  To increase sinning.  Not stop it.  And added.  As if tacked-on to God’s program. Really, the Old Testament and New Testament would have matched up well simply as Promise and Gospel.  In the Old Testament, … More Strength Rejoices in the Challenge…and Fails

New Article

The holy name of God is “I AM” or “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14). As His “memorial-name,” by which He will be remembered forever (v. 15), should “I AM” be the way Christians address God today? For an interesting answer from the New Testament, read the recent article by Bob Snyder, “The Divine … More New Article

The Story of Job: Gratuitous Evil, or “Bad Grace”

Fast forward: Job is the greatest man of the East.  God boasts.  Satan accuses.  God allows.  Job loses.  First, his riches and his children.  Then, his health.  Heart-stricken perhaps, his wife tells him, “Curse God and die.”  But Job refuses. Already the life of Job tells us two things:  First, there is pain in this … More The Story of Job: Gratuitous Evil, or “Bad Grace”