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An Epigenetic Epiphany: Could you bless or curse your (unborn) grandchildren today?
Aug01

An Epigenetic Epiphany: Could you bless or curse your (unborn) grandchildren today?

I was (mentally) exploring the ocean depths in a cutting edge, hyper-fast, glowing submarine with Jonathan Park somewhere between mile 2,500 and 3,000 of our vacation when one of the characters used a word that immediately piqued my interest: epigenetics.[1] Epi-what? Epigenetics is the new frontier of genetics and it is causing geneticists to[...]
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Stop Forgiving Yourself
Jul24

Stop Forgiving Yourself

“You need to forgive yourself.” You’ve received such advice. Maybe you’ve even offered it. Someone, maybe you, made a mess out of some piece of life and was/were struggling with guilt. So a well-meaning individual offered, “You need to forgive yourself. Let go. Move on.” Is that good advice? Is it Biblical[...]
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How Tall is God?
Jun30

How Tall is God?

How tall is God?
 
Whereas I’ve been asked, “Who made God?” many times, this was the first time that I have been asked “How tall is God?” It may seem like a silly question, but it reveals the beautifully curious mind of a child, one of the most delightful attributes of children, an attribute, sadly, that many[...]
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Marriage Matters: Appreciating the Mirror
Jun09

Marriage Matters: Appreciating the Mirror

Morning routines can be rough. You stumble out of bed to the bathroom and find yourself staring in the mirror at a groggy-eyed troll who you hope you can frighten away with a shower and a shave or some make-up and curled hair along with a full cup of caffeine juiced coffee. You’ve been repeating this ritual for years and the mirror never[...]
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Creational Identity
May31

Creational Identity

Each age is defined by its prevailing cultural questions. Painting in broad strokes, in the first centuries after Christ people wrestled with the question of God: Who is God? The Church responded with the historic creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian) to concisely and emphatically emphasize the two natures of Jesus and the tri-unity of[...]
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The House of Virtue: Enter Here (Marriage)
May02

The House of Virtue: Enter Here (Marriage)

People today enter marriage for many reasons, among which are love, finding one’s “soul mate,” fulfillment, and companionship. Disturbingly, “growing in virtue” never makes the list. For generations marriage was viewed as a house of virtue in which males and females matured. In his book The Meaning of Marriage, Tim[...]
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Church: Vanguard of the New Creation
Apr04

Church: Vanguard of the New Creation

On Easter morning the Christian Church will shout, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” This spine-tingling confession is brimming with hope, not merely for death-weary people yearning for life, but for the sin-gripped earth groaning for liberty. Truly, our Easter cry has cosmic significance. Our task in these paragraphs is[...]
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The BIG Hope
Mar14

The BIG Hope

The Christian Hope is Far Bigger than You Might Realize

 

How BIG is your hope?

Do you understand the question? If you’re a confessing Christian, how far does your hope reach, how expansive is it, how much does it include? Does it stop short at business success, at college for your kids, at retirement? Popular prosperity preachers[...]

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Questioning the Unquestioned
Mar01

Questioning the Unquestioned

“The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being argued, but the ones that are assumed.” These words, attributed to C. S. Lewis, bear serious consideration. At the moment, our society is arguing fiercely over weighty matters: government shutdowns, border walls, trade practices, and governing philosophies, to name but a[...]
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An Epigenetic Epiphany
Feb15

An Epigenetic Epiphany

Could you bless or curse your (unborn) grandchildren today?


I was (mentally) exploring the ocean depths in a cutting edge, hyper-fast, glowing submarine with Jonathan Park somewhere between mile 2,500 and 3,000 of our vacation when one of the characters used a word that immediately piqued my interest: epigenetics.[1] Epi-what? Epigenetics is[...]
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God's Grandeur
Feb01

God's Grandeur

Poetry is good for the soul. It gives voice to deep down places. It enables the mechanistic eye, constrained by sterile cause and effect, to see in new hues and additional dimensions. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), author of the poem below, processed the world in poetry – and much the richer we are because of it! Sip and savor his[...]
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For the Sake of Our Girls
Jan12

For the Sake of Our Girls

I’ve written this article many different ways in my head over the years, but I could never bring myself to publish it. On the one hand, I’m raising a sensitive subject – our girls and how we raise them – and I want to treat it with all the sensitivity it deserves. On the other, I feel that someone needs to speak truth for[...]
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It Will Be Better
Dec28

It Will Be Better

We’ve all said it. A friend has a bad cold and feels miserable. A neighbor just found out he has diabetes and is overwhelmed by what it will mean for his life. A spouse just hit a deer, totaling the car. A child breaks his wrist and is out for the rest of the sport’s season. We want to be helpful. We want to say something encouraging,[...]
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Triceratops Trumpeting a non-Darwinian Note?
Nov24

Triceratops Trumpeting a non-Darwinian Note?

Hell Creek Formation, the famous treasure trove of dinosaur fossils (located in Montana, North and South Dakota), has again yielded an amazing specimen. In the spring of 2012, researchers digging near Glendive, Montana excitedly chiseled the sediment away from a 3 ½ foot long triceratops horn.  After bathing it in an acid bath to[...]
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PINK: No Friend to Females
Oct25

PINK: No Friend to Females

Pink used to be a color, a softer hue often favored by females. In recent years, however, it has been hijacked by one of the nation’s biggest objectifiers of women and purveyors of soft porn: Victoria’s Secret. Pink has been gutted of its inherent beauty and has been turned into a product line that Victoria’s Secret has cast like[...]
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Good Words: The Church Teaches on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Oct19

Good Words: The Church Teaches on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The first chapter of Scripture is brimming with good words. Not only is the phrase “it was good” repeated five times, with the qualifier “very” added for a sixth (“God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good”), but these good words teach us what God considers good, a good that continues to[...]
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Illuminating the Penumbra's Shadow
Sep30

Illuminating the Penumbra's Shadow

Illuminating the Penumbra’s[1] Shadow
 
Shadows hide things. Such is the nature of darkness. If light is forbidden entrance, sight is rendered powerless. Much like physical objects, words have the power to cast shawdows, not darkness discerenable on the sidewalk, but darkness discernable in lies and obfuscations. This has perhaps[...]
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Divinely Barcoded Species? Has God encoded evidence of creation in every creature?
Sep19

Divinely Barcoded Species? Has God encoded evidence of creation in every creature?

A recent genetic study published in the journal Human Evolution is rocking the evolutionary edifice, leaving Darwin’s faithful scurrying desperately to shore up the fractured foundation lest the whole house collapse around them. To understand why you’ll need to endure a couple paragraphs of technical explanation, which we’ll make[...]
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God in the Details
Aug29

God in the Details

 
You’ve heard the phrase, “The Devil is in the details.” In the following paragraphs, we’re going to look at details, remarkable details, details inside the cell. And instead of finding the devil in them, we’re going to find impressive evidence for God. In fact, the more details science uncovers, the more[...]
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A Birth Day for Every Child
Jul31

A Birth Day for Every Child

Recently we welcomed two new nephews into our extended family (my brother and his wife’s third child and my brother-in-law and his wife’s fourth) – and they were born within 24 hours of each other!  For the rest of their lives, we will celebrate March 1st and 2nd as their birthdays.
 
But what would you think if their[...]
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What's Your Story?
Jul06

What's Your Story?

Life needs a story – not a story to tell, but a story to live by. Many stories echo in our culture, calling us to follow their scripts.  One of the most prevalent and pernicious is the story of success. Families who accept this story slavishly follow its script. Chapter titles read “Careers,” “Titles,”[...]
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Reasoning from Effect to Cause
May18

Reasoning from Effect to Cause

We live in a cause and effect world. Examples are all around us. Cause: squirrels chew wires in my vehicles; Effect: the “service engine” light comes on and I’m out hundreds of dollars to fix the chewed wires (multiple times!) and I put up scary owls in my yard in a desperate attempt to deter them. Cause: a toddler exists in my[...]
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Evidential Ax Falls Darwin’s Tree
Apr20

Evidential Ax Falls Darwin’s Tree

Darwin’s tree of life has been an icon in textbooks and classrooms for generations. According to the theory, all living things share a common ancestor. Thus, when you trace the branches back, you should find a common trunk from which all living things ultimately sprang. Before scientists knew much about genetics, these branches were traced[...]
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The Sexual Revolution’s Silencing of the Body and The Church’s Call to Let the Body Speak
Apr11

The Sexual Revolution’s Silencing of the Body and The Church’s Call to Let the Body Speak

The Fruits of the Sexual Revolution

The fruits of the sexual revolution surround us. Non-married cohabitation and no-fault divorce are ubiquitous (and nearly unquestioned despite their ruinous effect on marriage and the family). Homosexual behavior, same-sex unions, and transgender ideology are celebrated in media (as anyone who watched the[...]
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Divorce by A Million Molehills
Mar16

Divorce by A Million Molehills

Divorce by a Million Molehills

The conversation usually goes like this: “Pastor, I’m in trouble.  My wife says she’s done.  She wants out.  She’s talking divorce.  I don’t know what to do.”  For many men this is the first time a wife’s words of desperation have hit their[...]

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Hollywood Collides with The Truth
Mar02

Hollywood Collides with The Truth

Standing before adoring fans, indulgent friends, and doting colleagues, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 2018 Golden Globes. Taking advantage of her platform, she addressed the sexual harassment scandal rocking Hollywood. After thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (a group of several[...]

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The Trans Agenda and You
Feb13

The Trans Agenda and You

You need to read this article. You probably need to read it twice. The world has changed and it will affect you. It’s not just that headlines now require double takes: “Man gives birth to gender neutral child.”[1] And it’s not just that Facebook offers a dizzying array of gender designations or that we are overwhelmed by[...]

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Parenting Matters: Putting the Brakes on Fighting
Jan20

Parenting Matters: Putting the Brakes on Fighting

Some days it seems like children can think of nothing better to do than fight. One wonders if they lie awake at night dreaming of the perfect zinger to lob at their sibling to get the fight started.  Many are the parents who have despaired over their seeming inability to do anything to stop the fighting.  Timeouts haven’t worked,[...]

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The Price of Pleasure
Jan05

The Price of Pleasure

We are a culture of pleasure seekers. One need only drive through our towns and walk through our homes to verify it. Our homes have entire rooms dedicated to obscenely large screens equipped with equally impressive speakers flanked by burgeoning shelves of DVDs and game cartridges. Our furniture has been arranged before it as if the almighty[...]

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Do Sincerely Held Beliefs Determine Reality?
Jan05

Do Sincerely Held Beliefs Determine Reality?

In June of 2015 the Supreme Court issued its landmark Obergefell decision, deeming the definition of marriage as one man married to one woman to be unconstitutional and discriminatory to same-sex couples. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, justified this redefinition of marriage under the banner of liberty: 

The Constitution promises[...]

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Motivated Out of Reverence for Christ
Jan05

Motivated Out of Reverence for Christ

Motivation is a funny thing. All of us are motivated by something. Some motivations are good: a new personal best, an organized home office, educated, well-rounded, Godly children, a deeper walk with Christ, glory for God, and so on. Some aren’t: insecurity, greed, pride, image, personal power, selfish ambition, and so on. Identifying our[...]

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A Church Named Rachel
Jan05

A Church Named Rachel

On December 21, the Christian Church solemnly remembered the innocent babies of Bethlehem slaughtered at King Herod’s fear-driven command. The Gospel writer Matthew reached deep into the Old Testament, into the very words of the weeping prophet, Jeremiah, to capture the depth of the people’s grief: 

“A voice was heard in[...]

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