Preparing for the Storms of Life
Where I live it is hurricane season. And like anyone familiar with the Atlantic or Caribbean knows, it’s important to be prepared for a hurricane. Every summer we stock up on supplies of batteries, water, canned goods, and other necessities.…Continue Reading
The Seven-Year Itch and the Joy of Lifelong Marriage
German politician Gabriele Pauli shocked her conservative party and sent waves through news outlets worldwide when she proposed in September 2007 that marriage should only last seven years.
Described at the time as “Bavaria’s most glamorous politician,” the 50-year-old, twice-divorced,…Continue Reading
The Aesthetics of Prophecy
Beauty is all the rage. You can’t get three sentences in modern theology without tripping over words like “aesthetics” and “beauty” and “Christianity and the arts.” And in many ways this is a welcome shift. The several-century Christian retreat from…Continue Reading
Primer on Reading the Bible
The Bible is not an ordinary book, and we will never taste its choicest fruits if we approach it in an ordinary manner. Here are seven short pieces of counsel, from a lifelong Bible-reader, to help you make the most…Continue Reading
God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy
Naaman was Syria’s foremost general when Elisha served as God’s foremost prophet in Israel. After a Syrian raid on Israel, Naaman brought back his wife a gift: a Hebrew servant girl. When she saw that Naaman suffered from a serious…Continue Reading
When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure
The problem might go something like this.
My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…Continue Reading
Worship Like a Hedonist
Let me encourage you to take a very hedonistic approach to worship this weekend, and to every corporate worship gathering.
We Christians don’t believe that human pleasure in itself is the highest good, but we should believe that finding our…Continue Reading
Are You Too Christian for Non-Christians?
Google the expression “know your number” and you’ll find screen after screen of reportedly essential life metrics ranging from prostate-specific antigens (PSA), to cholesterol, the amount of money you will need in savings to retire, and your enneagram — which…Continue Reading
12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’
“Pastor John, do you believe there is a difference between film nudity versus pornography? I know many Christians who are against porn, but they have no issue watching movies or TV shows that show graphic nudity.” A young woman named…Continue Reading