The Beatific Vision

[Note that the following is a lesson outline for a Life Group at McIlwain Presbyterian Church] The Beatific Vision The Transforming, Joy-Inducing, Infinitely Overwhelming, Frightening, Hope of all Christians ------------------------------------- The Objective Our task is “simple.” Figure out what this passage means. “Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not [...]

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A Brief Reflection on the Problem of Evil

[The following post is taken from my book "Satan's Awful Idea" which is available for free as a PDF.  See link.  It is taken from appendix B.] Appendix B Satan’s Awful Idea and Theodicy If God knew that Lucifer was going to fall, why did He create him? Our answer has been that God did [...]

Satan’s Awful Idea (Free PDF)

For those who would like to think further about Satan's fall and God's peculiar response to the kingdom of darkness (from a distinctly Reformed perspective), I'd encourage you to consider my book.  It is entitled, "Satan's Awful Idea: A Biblical Theology of Satan's Fall and its Implications on the Unfolding Human Drama." Here are some [...]

Is The Character of a Civil Leader Crucially Important to His Task?

When it comes to the world of mixed martial arts, you'll hit someone in one of two ways. The first occurs in the gym while sparring. Here the idea is to sharpen each others' skills without intentionally crippling the other. The second happens in the ring. Here the intent is to take your opponent's head [...]

In Defense of Film: 33 Movies You Just Might Need to See

I am sometimes reminded by the comments of Christians that tastes in movies vary wildly.  This isn't too surprising- though one might wonder how it could be that some actually enjoy what they do in fact enjoy.  Here one need only peruse the myriad of Christian productions of the past decade or two.  Most seem [...]