I often hear statements like, “The Bible is so old, how could it really apply to us now?” or “How could modern people take this collection of ancient writings seriously?” What do we do with the popular notion that the Bible has become obsolete, that it is no longer relevant, authoritative, or that its power has diminished because of its age?

Since we often write off the Bible on moral issues on the grounds that it is outdated, let’s consider the widely accepted—but problematic—line of reasoning that sloppily mixes chronology and moral reasoning. Read on »

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

— Psalm 139:17, NIV
When my daughter was about 18 months old, I found myself attempting to watch my little girl while my family ate at a restaurant so that my wife could breathe easy for a moment. While eating, my little girl was in rare form. She repeatedly wiggled out of her booster seat to stand on the table and shout gibberish to everyone in earshot and spill lemonade. I recall resisting the urge to pass off my daughter to my wife and fleeing the scene so that I could just veg out with a cold one in front of the TV. Wrangling my mischievous toddler didn’t leave me feeling tranquil or sane, but I somehow, I pushed through.

Later, as we were leaving the restaurant, an older gentleman approached, grabbing my arm and looking me square in the eyes. Startled, I wondered if he was in the right frame of mind. Before I could get my wits, he told me that he had been watching me throughout dinner and launched into an unexpected compliment. The man told me that it was refreshing to see a young father engaged with his child and went on to share his observation that men in our society rarely engage with their own children, especially when they’re small. I thanked him and then we left.

However, instead of feeling like I got a ‘Father-of-the-Year’ nomination, my heart sank as I contemplated the reality that many children—small and vulnerable image-bears of God—have fathers who are checked out, either literally or functionally. Read on »

Calvin & Hobbes - Relativism

*An Old Testament Biblical Theology paper:

The Image of God

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26, 27). That God would make man from the dust, breathing the breath of life into his nostrils, and give him dominion over the rest of creation, is a distinction that set man apart from the rest of the created order (Genesis 2:7, 1:28). In The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative, author Christopher Wright explains that the image of God, or imago dei in Latin, in humanity is a matter of essence, something that we are, not something that we merely possess (Wright 421, 2010). Wright illuminates the imago dei concept further by explaining that the expression, “is adverbial (that is, it describes the way God made us), not adjectival (that is, as if it simply descried a quality that we possess) … To be human is to be [my emphasis] the image of God” (421). However, the lofty notion that humanity has the image of God, asserted so clearly in the earliest chapters of Genesis, begs the question; what does the image of God —in which humanity was made— mean?  Read on »

It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits — like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister, winning a war, seducing beautiful women, flying through the stratosphere or landing on the moon. First-rate pursuits involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding — inevitably result in a sense of failure. A Napoleon, a Churchill, a Roosevelt can feel themselves to be successful, but never a Socrates, a Pascal, a Blake. Understanding is for ever unattainable. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest, which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention.

- Malcom Muggeridge

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

- Proverbs 28:26

If those that are in reputation for religion in any thing set a bad example, they know not what a deal of mischief they may do by it, particularly to their own children. One bad act of a good man may be of more pernicious consequence to others than twenty of a wicked man.

- Matthew Henry

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

— Mark Twain

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3, NLT)

#VALIDATIONVIASOCIALMEDIA?

Do you use social media to draw attention to yourself? Do you worry about the number of likes and comments you get? Since we sometimes do permissible—or even good—things for bad reasons, it is worth considering what characterizes and motivates your e-behavior. Could it be that deep down you are using social media to find validation from others? More importantly, when God looks under the surface into the recesses of your heart (Jeremiah 17:10), what does He find?

If we’re honest, we can acknowledge that we often look for others to subdue our fears and help us feel important instead of letting God meet our deepest needs. Accordingly, social media can be the arena where people-pleasers go to binge. Read on »