Trusting God in trying times
Theology

Trusting God in trying times

Trusting God in trying times

Casey Serin, Flickr

The Apostles Peter and Paul both spent time in the hoosegow. While both were jailed for the sake of the Gospel, I find it interesting that they passed their time in different ways. Peter slept. Paul sang.

In the first instance, as Luke records in Acts 12, Herod “laid violent hands” upon the Christians. He killed James, the brother of John, and then jailed Peter. Continue reading

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the gangster the cardinal and us
Society

The gangster, the cardinal, and us

the gangster the cardinal and us

Cardinal Lamberto. Image from 'The Godfather: Part III'

In You’ve got Mail, Tom Hanks’s character says that all of life’s questions can be answered by reference to The Godfather. Not quite, but close. For instance, just ask yourself why in a supposedly Christian nation things are so decidedly unchristian. There is a scene in The Godfather: Part III which provides an answer. Continue reading

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Evangellyfish
Books

Doug Wilson’s ‘Evangellyfish’

Evangellyfish

Douglas Wilson's 'Evangellyfish'

Best known for his nonfiction books of theology, Christian living, and education, Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, has written a raucous and ribald novel of manners about a megachurch pastor embroiled in a sex scandal. Bearing the improbable title Evangellyfish, the book is also sure to scandalize a few of its readers. Continue reading

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Working with God
Spiritual Growth

Grace and the blame game

Working with God

'Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda' by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Wikimedia Commons.

There’s a view of God’s sovereignty that can leave us with nothing to do. Since God provides for all our needs, it seems as if there is little to do but wait for him to act and accept everything that comes. But such a view smacks more of fatalism than providence.

We’ve all encountered this view, and probably have believed it in one way or another ourselves. Continue reading

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Athanasius
Theology

What child is this?

Athanasius

Athanasius of Alexandria. Wikimedia Commons.

“What child is this?” asks the famous nineteenth century Christmas carol. It’s a question posed since Christ first entered human history two thousand years ago and a question that sometimes provokes vitriolic and violent answers. We’ve seen it in recent public tiffs about Nativity displays and, far more seriously, in terror threats against Christians in Egypt and Iraq. Continue reading

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