Love: A Couple of June Thoughts

Love is a big deal to Christians, of course, and today starts a big month for love, with all those weddings and June-moon-tune-swoon-spoon rhyming.  So here’s a couple of thoughts to begin the next thirty days: Love makes you feel good, makes you do good things, and is good not only for you but for … [Read more…]

Text for a Children’s Bible Intro

Below is the text for a possible children’s book that would introduce them to the Bible.  Of course, there would be illustrations, too, but I can’t draw, or at least not very well.  Or a parent or grandparent could just read this text to his or her child or grandchild. WHAT IS THE BIBLE? What … [Read more…]

Happy Easter!: The Perfect Miracle

Happy Easter!  He is risen! I had written during Advent last year about the sensicality of the way Jesus taught and died.  And today is a good time to add that His great post-death event — the Resurrection — makes perfect sense, too. It made sense for Jesus to offer some proof for His divinity … [Read more…]

Happiness, Arthur Brooks, and the Bible

I should begin this post by acknowledging that the Bible is God’s Word on, especially, how He wants us to live, and it ought to be followed whether or not doing so makes us happy.  Indeed, there’s no question but that sometimes following the Word will lead to short-term suffering, up to and including death. … [Read more…]

Exodus Odds and Ends

The just-completed sermon series in our church here was on Exodus, chapters 16-20, and I thought it worthwhile to collect a few thoughts prompted by it.  So below I have one thought on each chapter — plus an opening and closing thought, not tied to any particular chapter. *** Opening thought:  Our pastor noted in … [Read more…]

Four Points for Apologists

Here are four basic points that I think apologists should make:  (1)  There is a variety of strong evidence that a Supreme Being — that is, God — exists.  (2)  There is also strong evidence for the historicity of the Gospels, and in particular their core message that Jesus is God.  (3)  Pascal’s Wager makes … [Read more…]

A Good Video on Intelligent Design

If you have an hour-and-a-half and want to get a good introduction into an area presenting serious problems for a purely Darwinist secularism, I can recommend this installment of Peter Robinson’s video series Uncommon Knowledge, titled “By Design:  Behe, Lennox, and Meyer on the Evidence for a Creator.”  As the first two words of title indicate, … [Read more…]

Greatest Job Interview of All Time

Genesis 41 tells us about the greatest job interview of all time: 14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard … [Read more…]

The Leadoff Triple in the Lord’s Prayer

Rather late in life I’ve undertaken to teach myself koine Greek, with the principal purpose of enabling myself to read the New Testament in its original language.  I don’t plan to quit, and a good thing, too, as I suspect the project will continue until I shuffle off this mortal coil.  The idea was that … [Read more…]

Bible Twins

It occurred to me the other day how similar to one another are Martha (of the Martha and Mary narrative, Luke 10:38-42) and the non-prodigal son (of the prodigal son parable, Luke 15:11-32).  Neither is a bad person, but both get a bit of a mild rebuke and for, it seems to me, rather similar … [Read more…]