The Down-To-Earth Duty of Radically Normal Hospitality

Hospitality is the fertile soil in which relationships grow. This is true for friendships both new and unexpected as well as old and established. Show me a gathering of believers where there is warmth and love expressed through hospitality, and I will point and say, “Look there! On that hill! Shining brightly, as if a [...]

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Character and Civil Leadership: Ruminating Further

[This is a followup to my previous article] Point One: If we agree that sin is inherently destabilizing, misery inducing, and corrosive, and that a man's character is the benchmark for assessing how likely a person is to indulge the sinful nature, then it follows that an evaluation of character is crucial for determining the [...]

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 [...]

Sensus Divinipodcastis

Everyone has an innate awareness that there exists a gloriously sublime podcast.  And I am here to point you to it 🙂 Allow me to introduce Sensus Divinipodcastis; a new podcast by yours truly. I've always wanted to theologize about movies, other podcasts, and books; to use these mediums as springboards to discuss ethics, philosophy, [...]

A Christian Psychology Of And Response To Homosexuality – Sam Williams

Not long ago, Justin Taylor highlighted a lecture by Sam Williams, saying, “This is the best one-hour introduction [to the psychology of homosexuality] you can find.” I agree. Here are some of the questions raised and addressed (as aptly outlined by Taylor) in this presentation. What causes homosexuality? Can we be responsible for that which [...]

Generational Conflict in Ministry

D.A. Carson has written a timely article entitled “Generational Conflict in Ministry.”  See if the first paragraph catches your attention: “About five years after the Berlin wall came down and the communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe had mostly fallen or been transmuted into something rather different, I had the privilege of speaking at [...]

Two Weeks of Listening. Some Snapshot Thoughts

Apologetics 315 Interview with David Wood Excellent interview exploring the subject of Islam.  Instead of looking at the historical evidence, which is rarely what Muslims care to explore, David Wood very helpfully shows how one can and should use the Koran itself as a foil to the Muslim’s most common objections against Christianity.  Good stuff. [...]