Too Close to Home

Woe to those who call evil good

and good evil,

who put darkness for light

and light for darkness,

who put bitter for sweet

and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20-21


Justice is turned back,

and righteousness stands far away;

for truth has stumbled in the public


and uprightness cannot enter.

Truth is lacking,

and he who departs from evil makes

himself a prey. – Isaiah 59:14-15


Several weeks ago I learned of another instance where the verses above have played out once more in our own culture. By all means, this happens on a daily basis, but this particular instance stood out because it comes very close to home. Recently, one of our parents in our congregation told me that his son, in grade 3, was taught, in the classroom of his public school, that boys could marry boys and that girls could marry girls. Same-sex relationships were normalized and legitimized by an authority figure, in a room, with a group of young and impressionable minds.  read more

The Force of an Awakened Worldview Filter

So I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, that I’m capable of ruining a good movie. My natural bent towards defensiveness would like to suggest that it’s not my fault. I have no idea whose fault it is but I maintain that it’s not mine. You can decide for yourself. And tell if me you think it’s my fault, at which point I’ll likely disagree. read more

Ravi Zacharias on Marriage

Questions and conversations continue to flow these days about the topic of marriage and sexuality. I wondered aloud to Meredith just the other day on how many times we’ll discuss this issue with others. We think lots, and this is a good thing. People are thinking deeply about the issue, and we need to.

Yesterday someone sent me this excellent except of a Q&A session with Ravi Zacharias.  Not only does he answer the question, he provides a framework for how we might answer similar questions when asked down the road. If someone hasn’t asked us our thoughts on the matter yet, it’s only a matter of time.  The video is about 11 minutes long.  Watch at least the first four minutes or so, and by that point, you’ll want to watch the rest. I especially appreciated his evaluation of theonomous, heteronomous, and autonomous cultures.

How to Use the Bible to Support Idolatry

On Sunday night we spent some time together as a congregation exploring revisionist arguments that attempt to demonstrate the legitimacy of monogamous, committed, same-sex relationships.  This coming Sunday we’ll explore some of the emotional arguments that we encounter, arguments that place tremendous pressure on us to cave in to our cultural moment by embracing what Scripture condemns.

Between now and then you may want to read this extremely well written parody applying the same logic of the revisionist arguments to idolatry.  The writer does an excellent job of showing how the case just does not stand up. Remember, he’s not actually condoning idol worship, but exposing the true nature of the arguments used to affirm what the church has denied for millennia.  The intent of sharing this is not to ridicule or scorn (see this previous post for these excellent commitments) but to hopefully bring some much needed clarity to what is being put forward by professing evangelicals in our day.  Enjoy.

Mathematics and the Myth of Neutrality

On Sunday morning I referenced a quotation by apologist Cornelius Van Til. Here’s how he effectively demonstrates that neutrality is a myth, even when dealing with something we would consider entirely fact based. Enjoy!

When you think of two times two as four, you connect this fact with numerical law.  And when you connect this fact with numerical law, you must connect numerical law with all law. The question you face, then, is whether law exists in it own right or is an expression of the will and nature of God.  Thus the fact that two times two equal four enables you to implicate yourself more deeply into the nature and will of God.

When an unbeliever says that two times two are four, he will also be led to connect this fact with the whole idea of law; but he will regard this law as independent of God.  Thus the fact that two times two are four enables him, so he thinks, to get farther away from God.  That fact will place the unbeliever before a whole sea of possibilities in which he may seek to realise his life away from God.

“Tale of the Unexpected”

Here’s a great little excerpt from Joe Boot’s book Searching for Truth in a chapter dealing with evolution.  Contrast this with Genesis 1:1.  Enjoy! read more

How do you forgive someone who hurt you deeply?

The only way to begin answering this question is to begin by considering God’s forgiveness.  We have no greater example of forgiveness to consider than His.  Jesus spoke of it in response to a similar question asked by one of his disciples.  The account is found Matthew’s gospel, 18:21-35: read more

Got One?

Several years ago, as pastors, we planned a question and answer night during a Sunday evening service.  We announced it weeks in advance and invited anyone in the church to ask any question they wanted.  During the evening we would address the questions that people had.  I believe we only got one!  This puzzled us a little because we know people have questions, big questions, questions about really important matters.  We just weren’t sure why people didn’t ask any. read more

Questions are our friends!

Several weeks ago, while at Pleasant Bay Camp, I tried something I’d never done there before. At the beginning of the week I left a question box in the dining hall and gave permission for anyone to ask anything they wanted during the course of the week. Each morning I would then take some time to try to answer any questions that were on people’s minds. I assured them that no question was off the table. The Bible is like a lion, as someone has likened it. You just have to open the cage and it can defend itself. I don’t believe we should be shy or afraid to bring any of our questions as we look in it for answers. read more

Two questions to ask a Mormon

A couple of weeks ago a couple of Mormon missionaries came along our street while I was in our front yard.  Although they saw me they continued past.  In their defense, I was in a tree at the time hanging a tire swing.  I’ve never had a theological conversation while in a tree, nor, they told me, had they ever had a theological conversation with someone who was in a tree, at least when it started. read more