3 Good Things and 3 Bad Things About 'The Shack'

3 Good Things and 3 Bad Things About 'The Shack'

Some people I meet say “The Shack” is one of the most powerful and spiritually helpful books they’ve ever read. Others say it is one of the most dangerous deceptions of the last 200 years. Personally I have not read the book, but I did see the movie, so based on the film adaptation of the book, I offer three good things and three bad things about “The Shack.”

10 Favorite Books of 2016

10 Favorite Books of 2016

The other day I received an email from Goodreads, telling me about my “year in books” — so far in 2016, I’ve read 7,834 pages, with my shortest book being 80 pages, and my longest being 672 pages. There is no way I would have been able to read this much if I didn’t respond to Goodreads’ “reading challenge” at the start of this year, which motivated me to set a goal of reading 40 books in the year. As of today, Dec. 15, I have read 36, with one about half way done, and another recently started, so hope still abides that I can reach my lofty ambition by Dec. 31.

4 Things for Christians to Remember in the Aftermath of the Election

4 Things for Christians to Remember in the Aftermath of the Election

I have been out of the country recently so I realize I’m late to the game on this, but I couldn’t let this contentious and unusual election season pass without some commentary from a pastoral perspective. Donald Trump has been elected to serve as president of the United States, which has left some Americans elated, and others despondent. What is unique about this election is that the divide that exists in the nation seems to exist within the church also. Secular media have been talking about “evangelical rifts,” “what is a Christian?” and “fractures” in the evangelical community — all because of different perspectives held on the new president.

Are the Unborn Human Beings?

Are the Unborn Human Beings?

It is curious to me that we are not hearing more about abortion in this election season, especially after Chris Wallace presented the issue to presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the candidates’ debate last month. Immigration, the economy, ISIS, gun control laws, lewd comments and private servers have been widely discussed, but not abortion so much. Has the culture become so complacent and hardened that abortion no longer gets our attention? Or has the issue simply taken a back seat to other issues that are rightfully getting attention, such as racism and sexism?

The ‘Faith, Fully’ Writing Project – Exploring the Faith of Americans (Letter 2)

The ‘Faith, Fully’ Writing Project – Exploring the Faith of Americans (Letter 2)

Brad King, a professor at Ball State, has started a “collaborative letter-writing project” called “Faith, Fully,” in which he is accepting letters from people of various faiths and worldviews across the nation to answer questions posed monthly by Brad. Both Josh Holowell, New Life’s church planting apprentice, and I have agreed to participate in the project. Some of the letters will eventually be chosen for inclusion in a book that “explores how Americans think about their own faith, or their own lack of religion.”

The ‘Faith, Fully’ Writing Project – Exploring the Faith of Americans

The ‘Faith, Fully’ Writing Project – Exploring the Faith of Americans

Brad King, a professor at Ball State, has started a “collaborative letter-writing project” called “Faith, Fully,” in which he is accepting letters from people of various faiths and worldviews across the nation to answer questions posed monthly by Brad. Both Josh Holowell, New Life’s church planting apprentice, and I have agreed to participate in the project. Some of the letters will eventually be chosen for inclusion in a book that “explores how Americans think about their own faith, or their own lack of religion.”

Mars Hill – Essential Listening for the Thinking Christian

Mars Hill – Essential Listening for the Thinking Christian

R.C. Sproul said we live in what “may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” J.P. Moreland said “the contemporary Christian mind is starved, and as a result we have small, impoverished souls.” C.S. Lewis said “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.” (See “5 Theses on Anti-Intellectualism” here).

15 Things the Proverbs Teach About How to Post on Facebook

15 Things the Proverbs Teach About How to Post on Facebook

Ted Cruz had just spoken at the Republican National Convention, and I noticed a post on Facebook regarding the former presidential candidate’s speech. The post affirmed Cruz for not endorsing Donald Trump, but then went on to say that Cruz was still an “odious little (expletive).” After unfollowing this person, I immediately began to think that a blog on how to post on Facebook was in order.

Is American Liberty Worthy of the Christian’s Concern?

Is American Liberty Worthy of the Christian’s Concern?

A Review of Eric Metaxas’ book ‘If You Can Keep It’

With the July 4th holiday upon us, it is an appropriate time to offer a review of the latest book by Eric Metaxas, called If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. Metaxas is the author of the outstanding and highly revered biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer from 2011, and this new book on American exceptionalism is receiving similar accolades.