Action, Attitude and Agreement

Micah 6:8 offers a powerful glimpse at how one transformed by the redemptive power of God ought to live. In God’s economy mere transactional living is not sufficient. Transactional living is when believers rest selfishly on the idea that they have put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation; they have their “Get Out of Hell Free” card, their fire insurance. […]

Thoughts on Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Christa and I went to a late morning showing of Noah yesterday at the West Acres Cinema in Fargo. Honestly, it was better than I anticipated, and yet it fell well short of what it should have been. Some of the positive things about the movie, things that I frankly thought filmmaker Darren Aronofsky did better than expected, included highlighting […]

The Missing Ingredient

One would think the disciples would have understood, but alas, they seemed clueless. The scene was familiar: thousands of people, hungry bellies, a few loaves of bread and fish, and the Lord eager to transform. The ingredients were all there for something remarkable to unfold. All the ingredients but one. Read the story carefully and see if you can find […]

Four Lies About Hell

Doing away with Hell is in vogue today. Our increasingly fuzzy evangelicalism is determined to not just water it down, but make it go away. After all, we say, God is a loving God and would never be so cruel as to punish people for eternity. For him to do so would be morbid, heinous, and on par with all […]

Doing Good; Planning Harm

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good […]

Reflections on Newtown Shooting

Like many of you I am trying to absorb the horror of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The image of the young mom now in utter shock, reflecting on having happily dropped her kid off earlier in the day only to discover he was now dead, sends chills all over me. How in the world can any of us […]