It Is What It Is

“It is what it is.” I have said this many times in my adult life when talking with friends and family. These words seemed to me to be most appropriate in situations and circumstances that appeared intractable or to which I could not see…

Be Happy

A colleague had a picture of her son on her desk, a truly delightful common practice.   So I asked her about her son and so forth.  She soon asked whether I had kids, and I told of the typical highlights of my daughters, one of whom has what…
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A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 2

To argue for a Christian assessment of Islam, in the sense which I elaborated in the prior post (A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 1), may strike some of the readers as contrary to Christian principles and even the command to love one’s…
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A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 1

We need a Christian assessment of Islam. I purposely use the term “Christian” here in order to convey the substance of historic Christian doctrine and sincere attempts to practice a way of life in line with the plain teachings of Scripture…

Fish Tanks

Have you ever looked carefully at fish tanks? Yes, actual fish tanks. Let me elaborate. Recently my wife was in the hospital for quite a while and near the unit she was on was the children’s center. Near the main waiting area is a fish…

What Culture?

Since the release of the current issue of the Resonance journal, in a back corner of my mind has been marinating various ideas related to its theme, Christianity and Culture. One such idea connects to a business truism, which I found atop an…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 2

God cares about his creation and will in the end restore it after human beings have done the extent of damage we are capable of doing. This seems to be the risk inherent in creating adam and commissioning them to live and work on this world.…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 1

I have many good memories of water from family vacations. My father planned most of our family trips around stops at hot springs, rivers and naturally occurring pools. I have waded into water lots of times—hot, cold, warm. I remember being…
Resonant Theology in Public

The Evangel as Resistance

The good news of Jesus the Messiah is not necessarily good news to everyone. The Scriptures are replete with examples of how the Gospel (Greek: evangel) forces a decision from people for or against the Lord Jesus himself. As the Lord and his…

Encounter Paul, the Movie

Suppose you encounter a friend who says, “I just saw a ghost?” Would you believe him? Or another friend, childless, reports, “My late grandma came to me in a dream, and told me the Lord would grant me a child.” Would you believe that…

Faithful Servant of Christ the Lord

I have long enjoyed reading biographies because there is so much to learn from other people’s experiences. And I am particularly interested in discovering the particular facts and circumstances of the people who wrote the books which have…

On Crutches

When I was in high school I badly sprained my right ankle. The sprain was so severe that I was told that if I had broken it the healing process would have been simpler. For I severely damaged two of the three tendons in that ankle. The result…

Thank God for Pope Gregory the Great

My family, on my father’s side, is directly descended from the English. The family name (“Cawood”) can be traced back to the Island of Britton as far as the 1200’s. I have known this for many years but I did not consider it of much importance…
Texas Tech Plant and Soils Sculpture by Rebecca Thompson

Truth and Scripture in Time

When I sit down daily to read some portion of Scripture I am assuming what many people would consider an extraordinary notion. Namely, that there is a God and that God has chosen to communicate through human authors in writing. This was the…
Holiness and Spiritual Power

Holiness and Spiritual Power

People skeptical of religion frequently cite instances of contradictions between what religious believers say they believe and what they actually do. I think this is a justified rational to question the legitimacy of a person’s religious claims.…
Resonance Theological Journal Cross Jesus Passion

They Are Not Our Sins Anymore

Over a period of many years I have frequently heard professing Christians state about “my sins” and their struggle with habitually doing things they know are wrong. Usually this admission comes at a point of desperation or compulsion to…

The Door of the Church, Part 2

There is a remarkable point of contact between the Lord’s disciples and those who do not believe the Gospel. That point is the need for “peace.” This is one of those terms has a variety of nuanced meanings but that is to be expected as…
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True Spirituality, Part 3

As sheltered as I was from the evil in the world and in society it did not take long for me to figure out that life is painful and difficult. I am convinced that God, as an act of sheer mercy, leads everyone to a point of coming to the end of…