The God who leads us into temptation

December 9, 2017 § 1 Comment

You’ve been praying the Lord’s Prayer all wrong—at least according to the Pope.

This week some media outlets were astir with the news that Pope Francis wants to change the Lord’s Prayer.

To be completely fair, Pope Francis didn’t actually say the Lord’s Prayer is wrong; rather, he said the way it is most popularly recited is a “bad translation.”  He is hardly the first to suggest that the phrase “lead us not into temptation” ought to be translated “let us not fall into temptation” or something similar. « Read the rest of this entry »

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A Thanksgiving proclamation

November 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued our nation’s first Presidential proclamation of Thanksgiving.  Thanks (forgive me) to the internet, it has been posted and reposted over and over again. You’ve probably even seen it today.

But have you read it and not merely liked it? « Read the rest of this entry »

This Radical Cultural Activism Thing Called Marriage

September 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

On Saturday, September 2,  I had the privilege of presiding over the marriage ceremony of Julia Thorpe and Andy Terwilliger.  Here is the homily from that ceremony on the passage that Julia and Andy chose, Colossians 3:12-17.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.—Colossians 3:12-17

We live in troubled times.  Some might even say that these are times that try men’s souls.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Runner from to a runner to

July 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

I contend that the doctrine of election, properly understood, does not make us into mere puppets who simply do what God has ordained.  As I begin to address this I think my own experience in becoming a Christian might be helpful. « Read the rest of this entry »

There is no Romper Room-MacGyver God

July 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

When I was little there was no cable TV or internet to provide non-stop children entertainment.  There were 3 local TV channels ad one Public TV channel—which meant my preschool options were Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street and Romper Room.  Of these, Romper Room was my least favorite because I thought it was, well, weird.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Predestination? What’s up with that?

July 21, 2017 § 3 Comments

If God chooses some for salvation, does that mean he chooses some for damnation?

The debate over this question has been long and heated—and, unfortunately, in many cases often not very enlightening or edifying. « Read the rest of this entry »

To my “Still Never Trump” brethren

July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

Before I begin I offer the following caveat:

  • I voted for Donald Trump
  • I take Donald Trump at his word that he is a Christian
  • I believe Donald Trump’s tweeting is out of control
  • I believe Donald Trump’s self-defensive stance is beneath the Office of the POTUS

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