Freeing your listeners to decide for themselves

Leif Enger: "The lovely part of being a witness is that you can’t compel belief. All you can do is say: here is what happened. In saying this the witness is only doing his job; how people respond is their own burden, their own responsibility. Whom would you say has more credibility: the man who... Continue Reading →


two fundamental attitudes in this present world

Edmund Clowney writes that there are two attitudes that are "fundamental for Christian living in this present world": "on the one hand, humility towards others; on the other, bold resistance to evil." He adds: "They (these two attitudes) are by no means contradictory, as Jesus showed by his example."

Wesley, the most effective response

George Will: "In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then in President Lyndon Johnson's administration, published his report on the black family's "crisis," which was that 24 percent of black children were then born to unmarried women. Today, 73 percent are. Forty-one percent of all children are now born to unmarried women. Moynihan, a social scientist in politics, proposed... Continue Reading →

The spiritual origin of worldly action

Rodney Stark, in his book Cities of God: the Christianization of the [Roman] empire was not the result of 'reactions to public calamity,' but to religious influences per se. That is, religion did not merely offer psychological antidotes for the misery of life; it actually made life less miserable! ...The truly revolutionary aspect of Christianity... Continue Reading →

A great nation of righteous laws

Christopher Wright, in the New Bible Commentary, on the 19th chapter of Leviticus: The chapter is remarkable for its breadth and depth of moral insight. It touches on the thoughts of the heart and the actions of the body, private and public behavior, and almost every major area of social life in a community. The... Continue Reading →

Prayer is the expression of hope

David Wells, in his classic article, Prayer: Rebelling Against the Status Quo - Against all of this, it must be asserted that petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a twofold belief: first, that God's name is hallowed too irregularly, his kingdom has come too little, and his will is done too infrequently; second, that... Continue Reading →

The deep caverns of volition

Alan Jacobs, in his book, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (242): Objections to Christianity...are phrased in words, but that does not mean that they are really a matter of language and analysis and argument. Words are tokens of the will. If something stronger than language were available, then we would use... Continue Reading →

The vital religious dimension

From Raising Up A Prophet, by Sudarshan Kapur: "From A. Philip Randolph to James Farmer to Bayard Rustin, earlier attempts to apply Gandhian nonviolence to the African-American struggle lacked the vital religious dimension... To the extent that Rustin and others did not succeed, their failure was, at least in part, due to the fact that... Continue Reading →

I simply argue

"I simply argue that the Cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on a town garbage heap, at a crossroads of... Continue Reading →

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