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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Have You Ever Wrestled With The Problem of Pain?

In preparing last week to teach our Connections Class on Tim Keller’s new book, The Reason for God, it was on the second chapter on How Could a Good God Allow Suffering? This was the chapter on the problem of evil, which is basically the challenge that the God of Christianity cannot exist because evil

And You Say Theology Doesn’t Matter? How Silly!

Here are three stories that clearly demonstrate that what you believe about the end of your life and the end of the world will profoundly affect how you live. Story #1One of the podcasts that I subscribe to and regularly listen to is C-Span’s Q & A with Brian Lamb. A recent show featured journalist

Follow-Up From Yesterday’s Sermon

I thought it might be helpful to match some terms with theological concepts that were front in center in the sermon yesterday, and then answer a question that I received after the service. Total Depravity is the word theologians use to describe the biblical teaching that every aspect of a human being has been corrupted

How to Judge Art-Pt. 2

In the previous post, we examined the first of four general criteria Francis Schaeffer proposed for judging art: technical excellence—the skill (or lack thereof) an artist or artists exhibit in using the elements of their particular art form. In this post, we move on to the second criteria: validity. As Schaeffer defined it, validity refers

Not What I Expected It To Say

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m reading through the Bible in 2008 along with my wife and two older kids. A few days ago the assigned reading included Judges 7 which is in the middle of the story about Gideon. It’s there that I came across one of those sentences in the Bible that if you

How to Judge Art-Pt. 1

How does one judge art? In his Art and the Bible, Francis Schaeffer—one of the relatively few 20th century evangelicals to do much thinking on the subject—suggested four general criteria to consider. And while his treatment by no means addressed every aspect of the subject, I’ve personally found it to be a significant help in

Between The Lines

I recently had a professor march to the board and draw a rather disfigured, but large stick figure. He then drew two horizontal lines across it, one at about the navel (if a stick figure had a navel, that is) and one about halfway between its nonexistent knee and waist. With his diagram complete, he

“Expelled” Is a Film You Should See

OK, here’s a film tip—you should go see Ben Stein’s Expelled, which opened this weekend and, somewhat surprisingly, is even showing in a Columbia cinema (Hollywood). In my opinion (which is all blogs are, right?), this film is highly entertaining, humorous, different, provocative, informative and, again, in my opinion, effective in its goal of showing

Cultural Disconnect

In every culture – past, present, East, West, first or third world – there are certain societal assumptions and norms that strongly align with Biblical ethics and commands, and at the very same time in the very same culture norms that are fundamentally at odds with a Biblical worldview. 21st century, educated, middle-class, America is

Everyone is a Theologian-Pt. 2

In the previous post, I touched briefly on the relationship between right knowledge—or, to put it another way: good theology—with the right kind of life. In fact, the Bible constantly links understanding what is true about God, about you and I as God’s creatures, and about the world that God has made with living in