What Will Make Me Happy?

Everybody wants to be happy. The question is, “What will make a person happy?” The book of … [Continue Reading]

Feeling the Love

I recently heard a sermon where the preacher repeatedly asked members of the audience if they felt … [Continue Reading]

Campbells on “Campbellites”

Members of the churches of Christ are often referred to as “Campbellites,” because two of the … [Continue Reading]

Movie Night: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

German philosopher Immanuel Kant rightly observed that a human being cannot learn to practice … [Continue Reading]

Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels

This week marks the end of the 2016 college football bowl season. After Monday night, there will … [Continue Reading]

A Christian’s View of a “Christian Worldview”

I grew up hearing a lot of Bible-based sermons, but nothing about “worldviews”. I became a Christian … [Continue Reading]

Have You Been Vaccinated?

Russ Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, wrote a column last week in which he sought to … [Continue Reading]

When Someone Hates God

A young man (call him Bob) has rejected Christianity in favor of a hatred of God. Bob does not … [Continue Reading]

“Jesus is Lord,” a Controversial Phrase 

Christians love to say and sing the words “Jesus is Lord,” because the phrase is a summary statement … [Continue Reading]

The Golden Rule and Abortion

Because we currently are in a national election cycle, the issue of elective abortion is again in … [Continue Reading]

Adolf Eichmann and Personal Responsibility

From 1939 until the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann oversaw and helped to carry out the … [Continue Reading]

Ignorance and Belief in Miracles

Christianity is a historical religion founded on supernatural events (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians … [Continue Reading]

The Kingdom in the Model Prayer

I have paragraph headings in my Bible, and the paragraph heading above Matthew 6:5-15 says, “The … [Continue Reading]

Some Things God Wants Us to Learn from Athletics

One of the apostle Paul’s favorite metaphors is that of a competitor in an athletic contest. Paul … [Continue Reading]

Replacing God’s Words with Emoji?

At the end of May, a new Bible was published. It is called Bible Emoji: scripture 4 millenials. (The … [Continue Reading]

Philosophy and the Sufficiency of the Scriptures

Christians often refer to the “sufficiency of the Scriptures.” Consider what we usually mean when we … [Continue Reading]

An Amazing Experience, Not Biblical Conversion

Many people in religion give lip-service to the Scriptures, but in reality guide themselves purely … [Continue Reading]

What Do Rich People Buy?

J.J. Watt is the defensive end for the Houston Texans football team who recently signed a six-year, … [Continue Reading]

March Madness: A Fundamental Lesson

I haven’t watched much college basketball this season (I’m more interested in the NBA). When I tuned … [Continue Reading]

A Tragic Anniversary, an Ongoing Holocaust

The word “holocaust” literally denotes a “situation in which many people are killed.” (("Holocaust," … [Continue Reading]

What If Apollos Had Said…

The Alexandrian saint named Apollos is a great friend to every Christian. In Acts 18:24-28 we read … [Continue Reading]

The Pope’s Confusing Position on Abortion

Catholicism has been known for its opposition to elective abortion. The Catholic church has stood … [Continue Reading]

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw have provided the Christian with a very helpful distinction of … [Continue Reading]

He Got His Chops in Church

I have been enjoying coaching debaters from my local congregation as they prepare for the mock … [Continue Reading]

On “Weird” Homeschoolers

I was homeschooled for most years of school up until the time I went to college. I do not worry much … [Continue Reading]

Kentucky Sports and the Handshakes

One of the most bizarre sports stories I have seen recently carries the following headline: “Bad … [Continue Reading]

God’s Compassion in the Old Testament

Some prominent figures in the history of philosophy, such as Hegel and Spinoza, have said roughly … [Continue Reading]

Lads to Leaders and Spiritual Growth

A congregation that is close to my heart will be initiating its participation in Lads to Leaders in … [Continue Reading]

Are You In or Out?

It is an incomparably weighty matter to be either in Christ or outside of Christ. In fact, the most … [Continue Reading]

It’s Your Choice, and It’s God’s Too

Christians often say things such as, “God is in control.” Certainly the Bible teaches that God is in … [Continue Reading]

A Lesson from My Grandfather: “He Knows Better than That”

Not long ago I was talking with my grandfather, Gary Colley, about my concern regarding a preacher … [Continue Reading]

A Free Agent

As I am writing this, LeBron James, currently the greatest basketball player in the world, has opted … [Continue Reading]

Learning to Slide

Robert Griffin III, oft-running quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is in his third NFL season … [Continue Reading]

How G.C. Brewer Won a Horse and Buggy

(Image from the cover of The Christian Youth 2.11 [October, 1912]). I recently heard an … [Continue Reading]

The Steroid Era and the Intrinsic Goods of the Game

I am primarily a basketball and football fan, but I have been watching Alex Rodriguez play baseball … [Continue Reading]

Watergate and Evidence for Christ’s Resurrection

Skeptics of Christianity must somehow explain the empty tomb without admitting that anything … [Continue Reading]

The Eye of The Beholder (Part One)

More than once, especially during my teenage years, I told my friends how great I thought some music … [Continue Reading]

Loving the Law

One of the traditionally American personality traits is independence. The desire for freedom from … [Continue Reading]

Salesmanship and Evangelism

I have recently read the following statements: “Preachers are salesmen, it's part of the job.” “What … [Continue Reading]

The Tragedy of Post-Christian Culture; The Opportunity of Pre-Christian Culture

I do not remember the first time I heard someone say that Western society represents a … [Continue Reading]

The Case for the Christ: Resurrection and Jewish Transformation

While it is well known that people question the divinity of Jesus, ((E.g., “Jesus Seminar Phase 3: … [Continue Reading]

A Christian Off to College—Excerpt from GUARD (2nd Edition)

My book on spiritual leadership for teenage men is GUARD: Guys Understanding Authority and Real … [Continue Reading]

Maybe We Should Switch

One of the consequences of failing to take the Old Testament seriously is the loss of the valuable … [Continue Reading]

Mudskippers Teach Us about God’s Design

The animal kingdom is full of astounding examples of God’s design and creative power. One of my … [Continue Reading]

Lot’s Choice

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him … [Continue Reading]

The Host of Heaven

The phrase “the host of heaven” occurs often in the Bible, mostly in the Old Testament. You will … [Continue Reading]

Revolt in Israel

Numbers 16 and 17 are fascinating chapters. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, along with 250 chiefs of … [Continue Reading]

Christian Discrimination

In college one of my majors was broadcasting. As my classmates and I studied the media we learned, … [Continue Reading]

“Until Shiloh Come”

In Genesis 49, we read where Jacob blessed his twelve sons and their families, and prophesied about … [Continue Reading]

God’s Morality and Ours

One of the challenges to biblical morality, and one which has spurred much interesting discussion in … [Continue Reading]

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