Two “Old” Books: “Resurrection” by Leo Tolstoy and “The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America” by Richard John Neuhaus

C.S. Lewis wrote, “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”  And if you’re looking for an old book, I just finished reading two that I’m happy to recommend.  I hasten to add that neither of them would … [Read more…]

The Bachelor King

From the archives, here’s the first installment of “The Bachelor” series: It seems that the original bachelor had an unfortunate backstory, becoming separated from his first wife after he got drunk and tried to humiliate her.  To replace the unfortunate woman, the show conducted a search that was nationwide — indeed, known-world-wide.  An incredible number … [Read more…]

What Are the Odds?

We are told near the outset of the Bible that the Jews are God’s chosen people and that through them He will bless all mankind.  Now, what are the odds that this ancient collection of writings would not only survive but become probably the most influential book of all time, and that this quite small … [Read more…]

Truth and Scripture

This post argues that (1) there are sound bases for believing that Scripture is true — and (2) I give some particular attention to the first nine chapters of Genesis, which in my opinion belong to a unique Bible genre — and that (3) Christians should strive to interpret Scripture so that it is consistent … [Read more…]

What Is God Doing, and What Is He Like?

You can always count on this blogsite to ask and answer the easy questions! One must acknowledge first of all that God is intelligent and all-present to an extent and in ways that we cannot begin to fathom.  But here are some thoughts I had on what His relationship with us might be like: Think … [Read more…]

Terse Trinity Thoughts

Not only is the Scriptural basis of the Trinity solid (see here and here, for example), but the concept makes sense.  For example, it enables the eternity of love, making it easy to understand how love could exist even before the Creation:  The three elements of the Trinity could love one another. And the Trinity … [Read more…]

R.C. Sproul, “The Holiness of God”

R.C. Sproul is an important American Reformed theologian, and John Piper calls this book a “classic.”  One fan of Dr. Sproul told me that a great value of this book is that the holiness of God reminds us how unholy we are.  Along those lines, I noted, “Fear, discomfort, other-ness:  That and not simple adoration … [Read more…]

Why Did Luke Write “Acts”?

Colin J. Hemer’s book The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History prompted me to think about why Luke wrote Acts.  The beloved physician tells us he wrote his Gospel for the “most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:1-4), who is likewise mentioned in its sequel Acts (1:1), but the point of the writing and then … [Read more…]