Lament and Thrive

Here is my homework for you from this episode: Listen to Thrive by Newsboys, and read the lyrics.  Down here in the valleyEvery shadow you seeHas its own storyDown here in the valleyEvery puddle of mudComes from tears and bloodAnd it’s so hard just to get warmThat the chill turns into despair Will you lift me up…More

Curbing Careerist Ambitions

LinkedIn told me yesterday that as much as 25% of the workforce in America intends to change jobs now that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.  That in conjunction with a conversation I had with a friend who is interviewing for jobs and hates his current one has me thinking back over my working life. I…More

A Nation of Suicidal Children

One of the things that was prophesied concerning John the Baptist was that in calling Israel to repentance and heralding the arrival of the promised Messiah, he would turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children. In our day, entirely too much talk of suicidal children is relevant and necessary. But the reason…More

John the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told

Our family movie night this week featured the 1965 classic, The Greatest Story Ever Told. Featuring Max von Sydow as Jesus and Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, this film was one of my favorites growing up. Yes, the actor playing Jesus has funny hair. My son Eli was quick to point that out.  But I…More

When Catholics Withhold Communion

Roman Catholic bishops weigh whether to withhold communion from pro-choice, pro-abortion politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. But then they get pressure from higher up in the food chain to relent. Atop the pyramid sits Progressive Pope Francis, so that stands to reason. Gone are the days when Americans worried that electing John Fitzgerald…More

Book Review: ‘The Civil War as a Theological Crisis’ by Mark A. Noll

If you want to understand the American Civil War better, read Mark A. Noll’s book – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. In it you will find that before the question of slavery was a political or military question to be answered on the battlefield, it was a theological question. How we read and interpret…More

How To Contend Without Being Contentious

Whether potential threats to faithful Christian life and thought come from inside or outside the church – how does one go about contending for the faith without being contentious? It is too easy to confront bad attitudes with other bad attitudes. But when we counter falsehoods with other falsehoods, or respond inappropriately to inappropriateness, we…More

Reservations Regarding ‘Lead’ by Paul David Tripp

Having just finished ‘Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church’ by Philadelphia pastor Paul David Tripp, I want to do some soul searching and be a Berean. Much of what Tripp has to say I readily agree with – not because he said it, but because it is sound and Biblically clear-cut and incontrovertible. Unfortunately,…More

Statism v. Space Force Officers and Homeschooling

In juxtaposition, consider with me two stories from last week. First, from the Epoch Times, ‘Space Force Officer Relieved After Denouncing Marxism, Critical Race Theory in Military’ published May 16, 2021 by Jack Phillips.  Second, from the HSLDA, ‘Harvard Panel: Homeschooling is Here to Stay’ published May 12, 2021 by Dave Dentel. The long and short of it is…More

Concerning Eminently Relatable Hobbits

On Saturdays in our house, my wife typically makes homemade pizza and the kids and I watch a movie. This gives me a chance to expose my children to culturally enriching experiences, and to spend time with them. And it also gives Lauren some peace and quiet to work on sewing or school planning or…More