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”

Review of Douglas Wilson, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

Certain books start movements.  As in chemistry, the culture reaches a critical mass—a boiling point, as it were—and then, just at that moment, the right catalyst is added, to speed up the reaction and to bring about a change.  Douglas Wilson’s Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning operated as the catalyst for many Christians in … More Review of Douglas Wilson, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

Easter Faith

This morning the Lord was with us in Sunday School in a special way.  The teacher was describing from Jeremiah the dangers of false inferences: The Jews inferred from the presence of the temple that God would not destroy His holy city.  The inference seems safe.  God would surely protect His house; therefore, how could … More Easter Faith

My Testimony

This fall, InterVarsity at Hillsdale College asked me to speak on pride and intellectualism. My background includes both topics, with painful lessons learned; therefore, I agreed, in hopes of helping students to avoid what I experienced. The following is the gist of what I presented: By my own experience, I know that pride comes quickly … More My Testimony

Christmas Is Carnage

The duck was right! Frantic, the feathered fowl informed the barnyard (and especially the piglet Babe) of the frightful future ahead. “Christmas is carnage!” he exclaimed. Not meant to be a theological insight, this line from the movie Babe is accurate in two ways. First, the Son of God became human at Christmas. As the … More Christmas Is Carnage