Discernment

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Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

We All Need Protection…from Ourselves

Galatians 1:6-12 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or

Monday: Construct Worldview. Tuesday: Validate on Social Media.

This past Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a commentary entitled The Four American Narratives, wherein he offers a credible explanation as to why the United States has fractured so badly. In short, according to Brooks, our country is experiencing a painful transition from one over-arching, generally-accepted narrative into four primary narratives as

For True Change, Consult the Author of ‘All Things New’

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this

Happily Falling for the Greatest Swindle Ever

Everyone – and in this one instance I really do mean absolutely everyone, myself included – tends to respond to personal moral failures by seeking the false comfort afforded by listening to the relentless inner voice that stubbornly insists, “Come on! You’re a pretty good person!” And once we accept the proposition that we are,

Grace Will Be Required to ‘Finish Well’

This past weekend, I spent most of a 24-hour period at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, at a mini-conference entitled “Stand Firm: Christian Courage and the Struggle for Civilization.” Speakers making an appearance at Covenant Seminary’s Francis Schaeffer Institute Lecture Series included author and social critic Os Guinness; William Edgar, professor of apologetics at

The Blessing of Limited Power: Freedom from Crushing Burdens

Right in the middle of an outdoor feast, at a time likely chosen to garner the greatest amount of attention, Jesus said something extraordinary. If you’re at all familiar with your Bible, you probably already know that Jesus said many extraordinary things, but I want to call your attention to one that, on the surface,