The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 1

We modern Americans (and those with a general knowledge of American history) tend to assume that the abolitionists legacy is right not only in the sense of their cause being just but also in their arguments and methods. In other words, we tend…

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…

Sacrosanct, Part 2

In past centuries the ancestors or those famous leaders (kings, priests, poets, military men) were revered. In contrast to antiquity and biblical times, we modern people tend to despise and discount the past generations contribution to ideas…

Sacrosanct, Part 1

One of the great ironies about the whole modern period in Western countries is that people cannot escape a sense of the sacred. One way this yearning comes out is by weighing culture as sacrosanct. We build a way of life which necessarily excludes…
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A Psalm of Hope

Psalm 62 (61) (Palm by David; English arranged by Sean Killehua) For God my soul waits silently and still. And all my expectation is from Him. For He alone salvation is, my sure defense, my Rock. With Him my soul is steady and unmoved. Would…

Grappling with Contemporary Issues

There are certain Christian leaders and authors in every generation who by grace leave a profoundly good influence upon the Christian community and even unbelieving people. John Stott is one of those leaders. Among his many excellent books I…

The Heresy of Racism, Part 2

I am well aware that the phrase “the heresy of racism” may strike readers as odd or even incorrect. The phrase was chosen purposely because how we think of ourselves as human beings is inherently theological (or ideological if one does not…

The Heresy of Racism, Part 1

I have never understood racism. The very idea of pre-judging a person’s value or worth based solely on skin color has always struck me as ranking on the highest order of stupidity—the kind of stupidity that is chosen and reinforced rather…

What's the Trouble

When you reflect on your situation—home, relationships, work—the easiest things to report are the troublesome things, or the extraordinarily good things. Both strike your awareness with more immediacy than the majority of things that just…

Dodging Reality and Embracing Fiction

Augustine of Hippo, perhaps one of the most influential Christians writers in Church history, made an observation about himself and the people of his own time that is remarkably relevant to our own. In his book, The Confessions, he describes…

Likeness of His death

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…” [NKJV Romans 6:5] Although this text refers to our baptism, I found, just for a moment, another angle on…

Padre Kino

Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino was born August 10th, 1645 in the town of Segno in Northern Italy (close to Trent). Padre Kino, as he became known, studied Science and Literature and Religion at a school in Trent run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits),…
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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…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 2

The shape of the Gospel, as I argued in the prior essay, is real and rooted in the Person of Christ Jesus. The Christians did not invent the Gospel but sought to understand the depths and dimensions of the divine mystery of God’s Presence…