The Misery of Weightlessness

The Misery of Weightlessness

In the weightlessness of space some things, like jumping, are easy. But life as a whole becomes hard. To steal from Elizabeth Elliot: “In space, astronauts experience the misery of having no reference point, no force that draws them toward the center. The effort of performing ordinary activities without the help of that pull if often […]

Tyranny and Church Membership

Tyranny and Church Membership

Living in a country increasingly marked by tyranny, we Christians must be people who truly oppose it. Looking like we’re fight tyranny is not necessarily truly fighting tyranny. A firefighter spraying gasoline instead of water on a fire is not doing the same thing despite the blaring sirens and flashing red lights. Submission to lawful […]

Consuming Jesus

Consuming Jesus

The Lord’s Supper is a time to remember the Lord’s sacrificial death on our behalf, certainly. But it is far more. It is one of the ways that God imparts grace to us, strengthens our faith, and grows us up into Christ. This doesn’t happen automatically, as a result of swallowing food. It comes as […]

Temptation by threat

Temptation by threat

What father delights in seeing his son beaten up and disgraced by a bully? And if we as earthly fathers cannot imagine ever taking joy in such a thing, how could we imagine that God is somehow less of a father than we are? That somehow he enjoys seeing us squirm and struggle? No, temptation […]

The Danger of Covenant Presumption

The Danger of Covenant Presumption

Just as one must be a citizen of the United States in order to commit treason against her, so covenant presumption is a sin impossible for Atheists, Buddhists, and Muslims to commit. It is a sin peculiar to Christians , because it is sin against the privileges and kindnesses that God shows to those who […]

Serving the Story Warm

Serving the Story Warm

Our God instructs us to tell His story of redemption to our children when they ask us moral questions: When your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your […]

Ain’t No Test Tube Big Enough

Ain’t No Test Tube Big Enough

Our culture likes to submit God to the scientific method. It seeks to hunch over its collective microscope and demand He show up under magnification. The title of Victor J. Stenger’s book, God the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist, pretty much sums it up. But Christians must refuse this bit […]

All Things to All Men

All Things to All Men

“Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” One of the Apostle Paul’s qualities was his focus. He chased one rabbit from his conversion to his death. What was it? He […]

Where does milk come from?

Where does milk come from?

Ask students who grow up in the city “Where does milk come from?” and you can anticipate responses like “the grocery store” or “a milk jug.” The students who grow up on farms always get a good chuckle out of this. Doesn’t everyone know that milk comes from cows? But, there is a real sense […]

Marijuana Fallacies

Marijuana Fallacies

Washington has the dubious honor, along with Colorado, to be one of the few states where recreational marijuana use is legal. But other states are sure to join. Recreational marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the US, and this will continue as recreational use is legalized in more and more states. In 2014 it […]