Some may be curious about the beginnings of American Fundamentalism. Contrary to common opinion, the beginnings of the movement do not arise from the multi-volume work The Fundamentals, but from the desire and push of a Midwestern Baptist pastor.
Should we fight our fears and take a stand? In conservative politics, this tactic is often encouraged, but it may not be godly. The following reflections explain why, and owe much to a conversation with a close friend following a National Day of Prayer breakfast.
In trying not to be a hypocrite, we often become a hypocrite of a different kind. How can this trap be avoided? First Peter gives us the answer.
The following is a poetic essay in response to Rob Bell’s book Love Wins:
Sometimes it is the most obvious things that we fail to thank God for in our lives. The following is a meditation on the grace of birth.
Fanny Crosby, Ira Sankey, P. P. Bliss—names now fading even to older Christians, but once familiar as composers of the so-called “gospel hymn”. Composed for mass production and quick consumption, these hymns
“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee” (Genesis 13:17). As Abraham lifted his feet and walked through his land, As Abraham lifted his eyes and the starry host scanned, So you too, Christian, walk and now scan all that … More Get Up, and Walk Around
“Let my cry come near before Thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to Thy word” (Psalm 119:169). You are now at the end of the longest song in the Bible, having heard the voice of this psalmist again and again cry out to God in intense fervor. What would you expect to hear as … More A Spiritual Cord of Three Strands: A Meditation on Psalm 119:169-176
“Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of Thy word” (Psalm 119:161). If we hear of persecution, we should not assume that those persecuted have done something wrong. Unjust persecution by a government is a reality. In Muslim countries like Iran, and in communist countries like North Korea, Christians … More How to Endure Unjust Persecution: A Meditation on Psalm 119:161-168
“The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). The legendary coach was done. After forty-one years at the University of Chicago, leading the Maroons to seven Big Ten championships in football, most recently in 1924, coach Amos Alonzo Stagg stepped down, due to forced retirement at … More What College Football Can Teach the Church