So Things are Not Going So Well, What Next?

  A recent article from Pew Research starts off : Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” This accelerating trend is reshaping the U.S. religious landscape, leading many people to wonder what the future of religion in America might look like. This is a crisis. It’s destroying the shared morality that has made freedom possible in the USA. This will fuel tyrannical legislation to try to enforce morality, and we Christians will probably not like the morality that will be enforced. (See A Free People’s Suicide by Os Guinness) How did we get into this mess?  I think especially the lack of apologetics at the level of the intellectual elites we have exhibited in the last two generations. Also, anti-intellectualism among evangelical Christians has lead us to abandon fields such as philosophy and college professorship. (See The Scandal Of t

Christ Followers and Politics

I am publishing this long overdue post on the subject of Christians in politics.  This is a timely, divisive topic; and I hope to treat it briefly but well.  This post will justify a certain type of Christian political involvement based on the prevalence of moral issues in politics, the necessity to preach and teach concerning all moral issues, and the example of Christians in the Old and New Testaments.  Along the way, it will comment on the applicability of the Bible to modern moral issues, briefly address The Johnson Amendment, and give some questions to ask that might provide guidance for a teacher or preacher. Many political issues are moral issues.  Some seem to say that we cannot find an ethical principle in the Bible that addresses those modern moral issues, pull that principle out of its immediate historical context, and apply it to a modern moral situation.  It would seem to me that if the Scripture leaves a "man of God...thoroughly equipped for every good work," th

Politics and the Christian Faith

I have avoided politics like the plague since my first post on this blog, but I am starting to reconsider that approach .  This brief post will begin to wrestle with those ideas. Some say that Christians should avoid all political issues and just focus on preaching the gospel in order to make disciples.  Where political issues touch on moral issues addressed by the Bible, Christians must preach ‘politics’ to be faithful to Christ. We are to make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and by teaching them to obey all things that Christ has commanded them to do (See Matthew Chapter 28.). Therefore, there is no strong separation of church and state as all moral issues should be addressed. There are religious matters that are not the business of the state, but there are no moral issues that God’s Word does not address. So, in a Democratic Republic like the USA, the Christian should be involved in politics to be faithful to Christ.  I have heard that C

A Prayer for the COVID 19 Crisis

Almighty and Everlasting God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear. You are our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.  For you will deliver us from the deadly pestilence.  Your faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  Help us not to fear the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at midday. Be moved to pity when you see our calamity and restrain your hand of judgement.  Take the coronavirus from our land and our world. To everyone affected by COVID 19 grant mercy, relief, and refreshment.  Give those suffering healing and, if not, give them and their families strength and confort. Look upon and visit the cities of the world in their distress over the coronavirus.  Renew the ties of mutual regard in those cities and protect life. Send us honest and able political leaders at all levels of government who would unite our nation in response to this crisis.  Grant relief from political

Good Answers to Good Questions

The Barna Group’s latest research is of great interest to me.  This research firm, working with World Vision, put together a study titled “The Connected Generation.”  With a sample size of 15,369 from a young adult population (ages 18 to 35) from twenty-five countries speaking nine languages.  The stated aim of the survey is to equip pastors and church leaders to better understand this age group, of whom much ink has been spilled.  Several items cited over at The Christian Post struck me as important. This study shows us a crisis in three areas: pastoral care, answering tough questions concerning the Christian Faith, and involving a new generation of church leaders.  Quoting from the article: Only one-third (33 percent) say they feel deeply cared for by those around them.  “Only a third say they often feel someone believes in me,” Barna President David Kinneman  said. “This tells me that two out of three young people around the world would not feel these kinds of relational connect

Advice on Finding a Woman to Marry

(This post is written in response to a conscientious and intelligent young man who asked my advice on how to find a woman to marry.  Other readers, what would you add?) You are asking me a good question, one that I wanted to take the time to put together a thoughtful, written response to address.  Please keep in mind that I am neither seminary educated nor am I a licensed professional counselor.  You might well have paid either of those people for their advice, and my advice is free.  My advice might be worth what you paid for it, but I will do my best. This is a very important decision.  Many would call it the single most important decision you will make outside of the decision to follow Christ.  I would like for you to be careful because of this decision’s importance, but not too careful.  Your spiritual life is simply not ultimately dependent on this decision; the small decisions you make every day concerning whether to believe the gospel and be obedient to God’s Law are simply

Ink and Debt Free

A post over at The Transformed Wife entitled “Men Prefer Debt Free Virgins without Tattoos” has inspired quite the reaction on the internet.  It has inspired discussion at Doctrine and Devotion , and thoughtful posts at The White Horse Inn and Christ Hold Fast .  I want to add some thoughts. The original post traces to a particular source: “Most of this debt comes from college.”  I think that is true in our society much of the time.  Just google “useless college degrees,” and you will find articles outlining some of the more ridiculously outlandish degrees on can get.  There is also a line of thought that one would be better off going to trade school that getting one of those degrees.  The Medium argues this, and I find the argument difficult to contradict.  We simply need more tradesmen and women than we do college graduates with degrees.   So maybe choosing to be debt free because you did not pursue a college degree that will not benefit you financially would be a wise thing.  We