Take a good look at the picture above. The traveler on the left happened upon the ruins in his trek across a vast desert. The base of the fallen statue reads,
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Whoever Ozymandias was, whatever great works he accomplished, whatever kingdom he built and empires[...]Read more.
In recent newsletter articles we answered two questions asked by children at VBS: “Who made God?” and “How tall is God?” This month we answer another: “Did God make hell?” That’s a big question, isn’t it? Just asking it changes the mood in the room. Lutheran theologian, professor, author, and[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
Could you bless or curse your (unborn) grandchildren today?
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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.” And it’s not just that Facebook offers a dizzying array of gender designations or that we are overwhelmed by[...]Read more.
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,[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.
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[...]Read more.