The Problem of Beauty

Last week I focused on God's desire to bring beauty from our pain in the season of Lent, and that made me think more about the nature of beauty. One of the realities which I cannot get away from is that, though beauty is inherently somewhat subjective, there is also a universality to beauty; we... Continue Reading →

Bronze Snakes and Vaccines

Numbers 21 is not one of those chapters most people commit to memory, but as with all passages in the Bible there are things we can learn from it. Ask most people what the story of the "bronze snake" is about and their response will likely either be "I don't know", or "it is simply... Continue Reading →

What is there to be Thankful for?

Like many others, my family will not be gathering together for Thanksgiving this Thursday. It is truly disappointing to me not to be celebrating with my parents and siblings; however, some of us have had recent exposure to COVID so the decision not to get together was easy. I have been struck by how many... Continue Reading →

Did Religion Simply Evolve to Help Unite Humanity?

Catching up on the Unbelievable? podcast this week I was listening to the episode with Jon Steingard and Sean McDowell. Steingard brought up a common understanding that religion evolved because religious belief structures made it easier to hold larger groups of people together. The theory is that because it is difficult to have intimate relationships... Continue Reading →

Hope not Nostalgia

Nostalgia is about wanting to go back to what was... and that's not us. Nostalgia is desire to return to the past and such thinking steals our hope and our future. The sin of the Israelites as they started into the wilderness was nostalgia. "The Israelites said to them, “Oh, how we wish that the... Continue Reading →

Do not Grow Weary

I'm definitely tired, I'm writing this post late Tuesday night because I had a long day today. Wednesday, when this post will go public, my work day will start at 7am. I'm tired. And because I am physically exhausted I am tempted to give in to this picture and raise my hand. I am tempted... Continue Reading →

Can We Start Listening?

Currently I have 10 posts I have not completed in my draft folder. Today I looked at each of them and asked myself if I wanted to complete one of them today. I reread every word I wrote on each of them and I realized something, many had one thing in common. I have posts... Continue Reading →

But We did Everything Right

The Christian Post this week reported on a church in Georgia who recently restarted in person worship services (here). The result was an outbreak of COVID in the congregation. The worst part about this story is they seemed to do everything the CDC and local health department recommend. We should pray for this congregation and... Continue Reading →

Where’s Romans 13 Now

Sunday my wife and I were out, and as we drove along we saw a church gathering for worship. There were 100-150 people coming together for a service and picnic. Where we live churches have a religious exemption from orders barring gatherings over 10, so legally they were allowed to meet. However, our Governor has... Continue Reading →

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