“Worshiping the Same God” … Thoughts on the Controversy

The news that Wheaton professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins may be fired over perceived conflicts between her public statements, and the college’s statement of faith, has been hailed and slammed across the internet.  At issue, nearly as I can determine, is that Dr. Hawkins refuses to recant her statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same … Continue reading “Worshiping the Same God” … Thoughts on the Controversy »

“The Early Church on War and Killing” by Ron Sider — Article Recommendation

Those who are interested in the topic of War & Peace on this site should be sure and read Ronald Sider’s excellent article The Early Church on War and Killing on the Books & Culture website sponsored by Christianity Today.  Sider reviews the arguments of two recent authors, John F. Shean and Despina Iosif who, in … Continue reading “The Early Church on War and Killing” by Ron Sider — Article Recommendation »

“The War on Islam” and a Christian response

It seems every day or two I hear another Christian commentator speak of how Christianity in general, and American Christianity in particular is, or at least will soon be, “at war with Islam.”  They point to the all-too-frequent attacks on the West by Muslim extremists, and the rhetoric of groups like Al-Quaeda and Daesh (1) … Continue reading “The War on Islam” and a Christian response »

What do I believe? Part 14 – A little more on fruit

I’ve previously described how, at least in my own experience, there seems to be something about the way of Jesus that motivates more and deeper altruism than I have observed elsewhere.  But there’s another corollary that I have observed that I think deserves mention.  I have known quite a few people who have, during their … Continue reading What do I believe? Part 14 – A little more on fruit »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5

Why do you concentrate on the sawdust in your brother’s eye, and pay no mind to the two-by-four in your own eye?  How can you possibly say to him “let me help you with that dust in your eye,” when all the while you’ve got that two-by-four sticking out of your own?  Hypocrite!  First get … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24

    They hate him who reproves in the gate,         and they abhor him who speaks the truth.     Therefore because you trample on the poor         and you exact taxes of grain from him,     you have built houses of hewn stone,         but you shall not dwell in them;    … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”  For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8 »