Personhood, Gender, Marriage, and Divine Order

It cannot be denied that sexuality is an expression of personhood.[1]  God designed humanity to exist in one of two genders. The male and female genders are complimentary physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Wayne Grudem summarized the implications on human sexuality from God’s creation of humanity in his image when he wrote: “According to God’s original … Continue reading Personhood, Gender, Marriage, and Divine Order

Christian Participation in the Moral Order

O’Donovan defined morality as “participation in the moral order.”[1] As Christians participate in the culture, they must shine the light of Christ as wisely as possible. This demands that all sinners are addressed with respect as the image bearers of God. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and all need … Continue reading Christian Participation in the Moral Order

The Shack?

One of the more popular religious books and movies to be released lately has been "The Shack." The Shack is a theodicy (an attempt to explain why God allows evil and pain) in novel form. We are thankful for a renewed interest in films with spiritual backgrounds, but we hope to have accurate representations of … Continue reading The Shack?

God’s Great Family

I am so thankful for God's church. Of all the great blessings God offers, the church is one of the greatest. There is indescribable value in the church. The church gives us comfort, comfort food, support, discipline, belonging, hope, help, family, care, purpose, training, education, identity, and purpose. We are so blessed to be part … Continue reading God’s Great Family

REAL GOOD PARENTING

In September 2016, The Atlantic ran an article titled, “How Helicopter Parenting Causes Binge Drinking” by Caitlan Flanagan. The article contrasts “good” parents with “get real” parents. Flanagan wrote: Good Parents think that alcohol is dangerous for young people and that riotous drunkenness and its various consequences have nothing to recommend them. These parents enforce … Continue reading REAL GOOD PARENTING

My Anxiety

"Casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). What an opportunity! Most likely, you know what it is like to suffer from anxiety. We have all worried about circumstances out of our control and circumstances we created ourselves. We may be one of those who struggle with an anxiety … Continue reading My Anxiety

Don’t Forget the Charger!

  Isn't that one of the worst things you can see! Low battery, my phone is about to die. We all get that way on occasion. Sometimes we are tired and need a vacation. But sometimes we are tired and need a revival.  Ezekiel 37 reminds us that there is hope for the hopeless in … Continue reading Don’t Forget the Charger!

How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

St. Paul's Bay is beautiful. Wouldn't it have been something to walk with Paul on the shoreline? But that's not exactly how the story goes. The final segment of the book of Acts records quite a struggle. Paul is arrested for preaching Christ in chapter 21. He then is tried before the Roman tribune, the … Continue reading How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

“WE” faith

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer … Continue reading “WE” faith