Why is Good Friday G...

Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird, tells the story of a young girl and her older brother. The little girl was dying of leukemia and desperately needed a blood transfusion. After testing each member of her family, the doctors determined that her brother’s blood was the best match for her....

What about Exorcisms? Mar31

What about Exorcisms...

We’ve all seen the movies about exorcisms. Hollywood churns out new ones that fascinate, terrorize, and entertain us. But, how can we separate fact from fiction? What does the Bible really say about demon possession? In this podcast, I’ll be talking about the devil and demons and...

Do Miracles Still Happen? Mar31

Do Miracles Still Ha...

Do you believe that miracles still happen? Jesus performed many miracles during his earthly ministry, but people often wonder if He still does them in the world today. Perhaps you do too. In this podcast, I’ll be talking about this theology of mirales and answering this question. Do...

Do You Believe in Mi...

            The theologian Karl Rahner was once asked if he believed in miracles. He replied, “I live on miracles—I couldn’t make it through a day without them.”             Miracles are fascinating things. They can be overt and obvious events like the parting of a deep sea, the igniting of a...

The Devil IS Real

There is a quote that was originally penned by the French Poet Charles Baudelaire in 1864 but was made famous in the movie Usual Suspects: “The devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist.” I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote recently, and how true it is. It may be...

In the Dust of SB1062 Feb27

In the Dust of SB106...

The dust is settling now that Governor Brewer has quieted the national furor by vetoing SB1062. The captivating and anguishing drama is finally over. It’s been a long week. I’m tired, and honestly I’m disheartened. But, I’m not discouraged by the outcome. I really didn’t have a dog in this...

Are You Congruent?

Mahatma Gandhi, who had looked closely at Christianity when he lived and studied in London, once remarked that if only Christians would live according to their belief in the teachings of Jesus, “We would all become Christians.” Gandhi was lamenting a lot of “incongruency” in the Christians he...

Blueprint in Bedlam:...

George Gaylord Simpson, who was perhaps the most influential evolutionary paleontologist of the twentieth century, once callously and bluntly stated that “Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind.” It was his belief that there is nothing especially...

The Problem of Criticism Nov04

The Problem of Criti...

It was my first Sunday as the pastor at my new church, and the former pastor was doing my “installation.” I thought it odd that he spent the duration of his charge to the congregation on the topic of criticism.             The battle-weary pastor who had served the church so faithfully before...

Are you a lifelong l...

          Walt Whitman once said that “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” I appreciate this quote because it suggests that we would be wise to remain in an ongoing state of learning, always pushing the boundaries of our understanding.          ...

The Case for Creative Cultural Engagement Jun06

The Case for Creativ...

          Anyone who knows me knows that I am a faith and culture guy, which means that I am keenly interested in where theology overlaps with society. I have never been a big fan of ignoring culture or condemning culture. Nor have I been a fan of consuming it either. I am, though, a big...

Ethical Stem Cell Re...

It’s a very big deal that the Nobel Prize in Medicine has just been awarded to a Japanese researcher who has transformed the field of stem-cell research by proving that adult stem cells can be “reprogrammed” to become pluripotent (or specialized) stem cells. This award matters immensely...

What is the proper role of government? Nov07

What is the proper r...

         Aristotle once asked the question, “How ought men order their lives together?” And that question has become the framing question for government and its proper role in society.           Perhaps it is a very timely question to ask again with the relevance of the election occurring...

Why Postmodernism is...

This week I am teaching my students at GCU about postmodernism and am going to share with you what I shared with them in class regarding why the postmodern worldview is destructive to society. Before I talk about why postmodernism is harmful, it is necessary to distinguish between popular and...