coming to terms with history

Recently, an army of angry protesters descended on Grant Park in Chicago. Their protest would bring them into violent confrontation with the Chicago Police Department. The protest resulted in 18 police officers being sent to the hospital and 12 protesters being arrested. At least one protester claimed to be brutalized by the police in the … Continue reading coming to terms with history

religion and cancel culture

John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture

#holocaust

Before reading any further, I need you to do the following... Go to Instagram. Type "Berlin Holocaust Memorial" in the search bar. Find some cords and make yourself a whip. Most of us know the story of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. The money-changers were grifters. They were officially sanctioned scam-artists ripping … Continue reading #holocaust

how did we get here?

On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?

secular harold campings

“When September 6, 1994, arrives, no one else can become saved. The end has come.” “And now, we have no option. We can't say 'maybe' 'it's possible' 'it looks very probable...' No way! We have to say this is what the Bible teaches! This is fact! May 21, 2011 is the day of the Rapture, … Continue reading secular harold campings

when patriotism becomes a problem

An idol is a glory cul de sac. Any thing, when properly understood and used, can become an avenue for bringing glory to our Creator. The things of the natural world can lead us to the worship of God, or as Paul reminds us in Romans 1, tainted by our sin they can become objects … Continue reading when patriotism becomes a problem

if only there were some evidence

the inconvenience of awe Magna opera Domini exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus. This is the Latin inscription that was placed in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1871. It is a quote from Psalm 111. "Great are the works of the Lord, sought out by all who take pleasure therein." It was in this famous … Continue reading if only there were some evidence

good without god

Can a person be good without god? I'm going to sacrifice cleverness for clarity and say simply that the answer is no. A person cannot be good without God. This will come as an irritating and obnoxious answer to virtually every unbeliever I know and not a small number of believers as well. "How can … Continue reading good without god