The Importance of Funerals

This morning, I had the privilege of joining the radio show Kurt and Kate Mornings on Moody Radio in Florida. They asked me to discuss a recent post titled, It is a Weakness of Faith to Refuse to Mourn the Death of Loved Ones. If they release the segment as a podcast, I will link … Continue reading The Importance of Funerals

The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

I am concerned that our increase in virtual activity is affecting us more than we realize. There is a theology of place that needs to be considered. I hesitate to use that phrase because it is often used by those who claim to be Christians but deny the faith's core doctrines—those who try to dress … Continue reading The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

Where Does Social Media Fall on the Cultural Spectrum?

If high culture is like a gourmet meal, folk culture like a homecooked dinner, and pop culture is like fast food, what is social media? We live in a culture that is quick to accept something simply because it is popular. Today, cultural expressions are often considered classics simply because millions of people like it, … Continue reading Where Does Social Media Fall on the Cultural Spectrum?

It is a Weakness of Faith to Refuse to Mourn the Death of Loved Ones

I am often troubled when I attend a funeral, and the leader refuses to let the people mourn. Those in charge of funeral arrangements, and often the families themselves, put so much effort into making the occasion a celebration of life, a graduation to heaven, that those in attendance might feel like their faith is … Continue reading It is a Weakness of Faith to Refuse to Mourn the Death of Loved Ones

The Narrow Road is a Wide Place

Contrary to popular opinion, you will never find freedom living for yourself. Since many people believe a self-centered life of unrestrained desires is the only way to freedom, they then postulate that Jesus’ teaching about the narrow way indicates a life of oppression. This idea could not be further from the truth. The narrow road … Continue reading The Narrow Road is a Wide Place

When Everything is Political

You know it is bad when saying "Merry Christmas" has become political. In communism, everything is political. It is a far-reaching political system that sees no limit to what aspects of its subject’s lives it can control. The same is true for Marxism. There is no room for dissent because nothing is more important than … Continue reading When Everything is Political

Useless Drones and Faithful Ministers

To borrow language from John Calvin, both “useless drones and faithful ministers” find their way into pulpits, and we must be careful to distinguish between them. As believers, we are to find faithful ministers and place ourselves under their ministry, but we must be aware that there are others out there who have a form … Continue reading Useless Drones and Faithful Ministers

Avoiding Misinformation on Social Media

Whether we realize it or not, we have all been misled on social media. These platforms serve us a steady diet of fake news, misleading content, and deep fakes, but where we are most susceptible is not where we would expect it. It is not the posts from people we consider opponents to our views … Continue reading Avoiding Misinformation on Social Media

Social Media is Rarely a Healthy Alternative to Fake News

I am often amazed by what people who decry fake news post on their social media feed. Often they complain about fake news with one breath and post more of it to their pages with the next. I get it; there is a lot of fake news out there. Mainstream media is not the bastion … Continue reading Social Media is Rarely a Healthy Alternative to Fake News

It Starts with a Stick – Children’s Book

One of the questions I often ponder is if creativity is part of the sanctification process. What I mean by that is, since Jesus is creative, as we grow to be more like him, will we grow to be more creative. We could ask the same question of our ability to reason, organize, manage money, … Continue reading It Starts with a Stick – Children’s Book