March Madness: A Fundamental Lesson

I haven’t watched much college basketball this season (I’m more interested in the NBA). When I tuned in for March Madness last week, one aspect of the college game jarred me. Often the shooters do not get set—balanced evenly on their feet—before shooting. They are fading away from the basket, leaning to the left, leaning […]

Sculpting Mount Rushmore

In a recent TV interview, LeBron James said that when his career is over, he would be on the “Mount Rushmore” of NBA players. For James, the four greatest are Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson (until one of them moves in order to make room for James). This prompted members of […]

What Do You Need?

College football has just concluded its recruiting season, and the NFL Draft Combine is a little over a week away. As our favorite college and pro teams are developing their rosters of the future, one theme is constant: Needs must be addressed. Every team has strengths and weaknesses, some more glaring than others. General managers, […]

Feeling the Love

I recently heard a sermon where the preacher repeatedly asked members of the audience if they felt close to God, if they felt saved. The thrust of the message seemed to be that people should feel a certain way. There were at least four problems with this appeal. First, it was difficult to know whether […]

Questioning Authority

One of the basic principles introduced to students of philosophy is that it is important to question authority, i.e., that one of the signs of a mature mind is that it doesn’t believe everything it is told by an authority figure simply because the source is an authority figure. ((E.g., Robert C. Solomon, et al., […]

How Are You Related to Moses?

There is a great deal of confusion in Christendom about how we are to relate to the Old Testament. Surely we must look to the words of Paul, who dealt directly with first-century folks who were coming from one family into another and weren’t entirely happy with their new brothers and sisters. For example, some […]

“I could probably do something else, but. . . .”

Preaching is important because it is the process through which God has chosen to convey the grace of Christ to the world (Romans 10:10-13). Any Christian should share the truth of the gospel with his neighbors and friends (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 5:13; Mark 16:15-16), but some take the opportunity to preach full-time, as Paul and […]

On the Seriousness of Sunday School for All Ages

The American philosopher Mortimer Adler says that we make a deep mistake when we identify education with formal schooling, and particularly with childhood. ((How to Think About the Great Ideas (Chicago: Open Court, 2000), 184-185.)) Adler argues that adults are actually more educable than children, and even more so if childhood education was done well: […]

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 post-Christian culture. If he was correct, then the West represents a tragedy. In Hebrews 6:6, the inspired writer ominously warns first-century Christians against falling away from the faith, and does so based on the tragic condition of one who […]

An Introduction to Bible Inspiration

This post is in the form of a sermon I preached recently in Columbia, South Carolina. The sermon is an easy-to-understand introduction to Bible inspiration. Click here to listen.

- 2024

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