Something I have noticed in the recent months is that personal responsibility and gratitude are linked. If a person fails to take responsibility for his actions, it undercuts his ability to feel and show gratitude for the kindness of others. I will take a different approach with this post and attempt to explain this concept by example.
Last semester I was privileged to take a course in pastoral and social ethics at the seminary; and as a class assignment, I was tasked to deliver a presentation defending the controversial thesis that “Corrie Ten Boom was wrong to lie to the Nazis about the Jews she was hiding.” Such was no small task, as the question of whether it could ever be biblically permissible in the course of our lives to lie is a particularly difficult one to navigate. Through my various investigations, it has become clear to me that both the ‘yea’ and ‘nay’ positions concerning the possibility of a permissible lie can find some plausible support in both biblical and logical arguments. Accordingly, opinions are split even among the most diligent, intelligent, trustworthy, accomplished biblical scholars; and among us average, ordinary Christian folk, many on each side of the issue appeal to their consciences in support of their respective stance.
On February 6th, the Aquila Report published a piece by Joseph Franks, the pastor at Palmetto Hills PCA in Simpsonville, SC. In the article, Franks takes a look at the fascinating story of Moses’ wife Zipporah and her circumcision of their son, which in turn saves Moses’ life (Ex 4:24-26). Franks then extrapolates this proposition: “Behind every good man is an even greater woman.”
But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:34-40). Continue reading
Our passage today picks up at a dark place in the life of King David, as he has just been forced to flee from Jerusalem because of the coup of his son Absalom, who in the previous chapter, at the recommendation of the king’s former advisor Ahithophel, defiles David’s concubines on the roof of the king’s palace in the sight of all Israel. Continue reading
Lately there have been a number of posts around the web about there being no good Christian men, about how lackluster young Christian men are, and about formulating lists that women should use in evaluating men. I don’t think anyone is questioning that there are a large number of single women who wish to be married, but after years of hearing this, I simply cannot place all the fault upon all men. It seems to me the guiltier culprit is the popular complementarian model of dating, marriage, and male-female relations. Because of this, here are three reasons the complaints about Christian men (or the lack thereof) need to end. Continue reading
The good folks over at The Gospel Coalition posted a shocking opinion piece yesterday called “Why We Should Legalize Murder for Hire,” arguing that the law of the land should be revised to allow women with unwanted husbands to contract hitmen to terminate their marriages. Initially, of course, I was repulsed; but as I read the article, I was surprised to find myself agreeing with many of author Betsy Childs’ thoughtful and well-reasoned points. Continue reading
[Author’s Note: This piece is the third in the series I have entitled “Why I’m a Sabbatarian.” This series seeks to give a biblical view of the Sabbath, and explain why the Sabbath is, in fact, currently binding upon humanity. This post is in part a response to many brothers in the faith who disagree with me on the subject.]
A few weeks ago I began this series on the Sabbath with a look at the Sabbath creation ordinance. I’ve also examined the Sabbath as a commandment and highlighted the importance of keeping all the commandments, not just nine out of ten. This week, I examine a popular passage often quoted by non-Sabbatarians in support of their view. I hope to provide a Biblically sound interpretation which supports the Sabbatarian position. Continue reading
A number of years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school Bible class on John 1:1-14. My thesis was, essentially, that because the word was God, and that word became flesh, Scripture holds the same authority as Christ. After writing it, my pastor warned me about adding a fourth person (Scripture) to the trinity. Continue reading
Over the course of church history, there have arisen numerous hot-button issues within Christian theology and practice which have provoked widespread disagreement and often intense controversy among believers—issues like the two natures of Christ, the function of the Eucharist, the character of the atonement, the baptism of covenant children, the form of church music, and bikinis. Continue reading