Friday Findings—January 6

Grappling with the Fears of Technological Change “Today we are at the dawn of the digital revolution, and we are grappling with many of the very same fears people faced at the dawn of every other communications revolution… But even now we can have hope. We can look to history to see how God has…

Herod Antipas

Herod Antipas, under a variety of titles, appears in all three of the Synoptic Gospels and is mentioned in the book of Acts. One of the many sons of Herod “the Great,” under the terms of his father’s will he was appointed “Tetrarch,” a client ruler somewhat lower in rank than a “king,” over the…

What We Are up Against

It has often been said that, “To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.” Regardless of the source of this modern-day proverb, it communicates a truth that all of us recognize instinctively. We also understand, at least in theory, that adequate preparation must always take into account the nature of the challenge being prepared…

And I Quote… January 2

A Christian faith that tries to adapt itself to this culture in order to win a “hearing” is a Christian faith that will be left with nothing to say. The ally of faith is not culture but creation, not the ethos and trends of modernity, but the stubbornly present imago Dei. For it is the…

Christmas Break

In light of Christmas, we will not be posting anything during the week that follows. May the Lord give you a wonderful holiday and may you have many opportunities to point others toward the Christ Whose birth we celebrate. Merry Christmas!

Friday Findings—December 23

Are You Bored with Christ at Christmas? “It’s possible to become so familiar with Jesus that we know him as a Sunday school answer rather than a mind-blowingly great, heart-meltingly beautiful Lord, who makes his claim upon our lives, to whom we owe everything, who alone gives us lasting joy, and who deserves all our…

Charles Wesley… Yet Speaking

I. Hark how all the welkin* rings, “Glory to the King of kings, Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” II. Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; Universal Nature, say, “Christ the Lord is born to-day!” III. Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late…

Herod the “Great”

There are a bewildering number of “Herods” who make an appearance in the pages of the New Testament—keeping them all straight can be a challenge! Herod, somewhat miss-titled the “Great,” is the first to be mentioned and the ancestor of all of the others. Born around 70 BC, he ruled the entirety of Jewish Palestine…

The Gift that Changes Lives

The Christmas season offers many opportunities to turn the conversation towards the significance of the One Whom so many claim to be celebrating. This is a lightly edited version of a brief gospel tract I wrote some time ago entitled “The Gift that Changes Lives.” My prayer is that those who know the Lord would…