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Nothing Better

Nothing Better

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,” (Eccl. 2:24) This weekend, we considered the wisdom of Qoheleth (The Teacher) as he meditates on the mysterious vapor that is our lives here under the sun of a cosmos…

Is God Proud?

Is God Proud?

Praise the Lord! Praise the Name of the Lord! Love the Lord with all your heart! These kinds of commands are a regular part of the Bible, and there are no passages in the Bible that seem ashamed of this fact. God commands us to praise Him.  Psa. 22:23       You who fear the LORD, praise him!                        All you offspring of Jacob, glorify…

Are We Ecumenical?

Are We Ecumenical?

For some, the title of this post will be a head-scratcher. What is ecumenism? What does it mean to be ecumenical? For some, the title of this post might require a trigger warning. For some, there is a growing suspicion in your mind that this might be a mid-week post that you can skip. Please don’t skip this post! Two…

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

This is a continuation of last week’s blog post. As we reflect on the legal and moral ramifications of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, we should be preparing for more conversations with others about the issue of abortion. This week I want to share with you some responses to a question about the death penalty. What you…

Post-Roe Discussions

Post-Roe Discussions

Last Friday the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Since then, the number of questions that I have interacted with about abortion has increased dramatically. In an article from a few weeks ago, I pointed to some biblical passages that argue for the full humanity of pre-born babies. Today, I…

Fully Human

Fully Human

John the Baptist was unique among men in that he was, as far as we can tell, making much of Jesus from before his birth. This is seen in Luke 1:39–45 where Elizabeth, the mother of John was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit when her child, John the Baptist, leaped in her womb at the presence of the baby Jesus…