Misery: A Response to Old-Earth Progressive Creationism
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . . . [and] there was not a man to till the face of the ground. The doe paused on the edge of the glade, frozen between hunger and caution. Her normal sense of self-preservation was amplified by her awareness (dim but real) of another life growing in her womb. She would save her own life if she could, but she would preserve the fawn inside her at [more]
Differences between Hebrew and Pagan Worship
Conservative Bible scholars ((I am deliberately limiting my focus to conservative scholars, eliminating the concessions made by higher critics who have attempted to “demythologize” Scripture by extracting the biblical “narrative” (Geschichte) from the historical “event” (Historie). See Gleason Archer, A Survey of Old Testament Introduction (Chicago: Moody, 2007).)) have attempted to solve the problem of similarities between the worship of Israel and its neighbors in at least one of two ways. ((See Peter Machinist, “The Question [more]
Seeking With All The Heart
Many a Christian has some habit of private devotions, attends church, and perhaps tries to connect the mundaneness of life to his walk with God, but often sees little of God's beauty. Why is this? Again, the posture of the Christian life is faith rightly responding to who God is, and rightly situating itself to keep seeing who he is. Wrong postures interrupt communion and distort the sight of God. For many a Christian, there is little in the way of the 'life-posture', the resurrection-like posture of vigorous, zealous seeking of God. Jonathan Edwards said “true religion consists in a [more]
Start Them Young
This essay was originally published on April 27, 2012. A couple of events have coincided during the last day or so to bring a question to my attention. That question is essentially, What music should I provide for my small children to listen to? I would like to answer that question by providing general suggestions concerning music to Christian parents for their children. For the most part, these recommendations will reflect the approach that I took with my children when they were small. As a parent, I wanted my children’s music to meet several criteria. First, it had to be [more]
Non-Theist Theories of the Origin of Hebrew Worship
Based on similarities between Israel’s worship and the worship of its neighbors, non-theists claim [more]
The Meaning of Communion
It is a confirmation that the Holy Ghost is God's love and delight, because the [more]
The Character of a Christian Leader: Above Reproach and Pure
This post is part of a series and begins a thematic look at 1 Timothy 3:1–7, Titus 1:5–9, [more]