In early April 2020, Jonah Goldberg observed in The Dispatch that one thing we were not hearing much of in this time of COVID-19 is any discussion of theodicy, that is, the justification of the existence, power, and goodness of God in the face of evil. It is an astute observation; in other times, there … Continue reading God, COVID-19, and Natural Woe
One of the many negative things to come out of the 2016 presidential election campaign was a brazen indifference to truth by both the two major candidates. Hillary Clinton, and even more so, Donald Trump, would state outright falsehoods and repeat them ad nauseum, even after fact-checking had demonstrated the statements to be false. Such … Continue reading Truth, Post-Truth, and Truthiness
This past summer in our Berean Servants class we used David Platt's book, A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture, to discuss from a Christian perspective some of the hot button issues of the day. While the election was not part of Platt's book, my co-leader and I did not feel we could have such a … Continue reading Into Exile
Some friends were talking recently with a young man, trying to get clarification about his faith and in their conversations with him he kept coming back to the idea that "God is love." This sounds good, at least on the surface, but in the same conversations he was also having difficulty articulating a sense of … Continue reading We Don’t Want God to Love Us
With the death of my grandmother last month, I suppose I should be in the throws of grieving, and feel a little bit guilty that I am not. My attitude is one like David's after his first son by Bathsheba died: Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And … Continue reading Celebration of Life?