Glory in the Triune God

“To glorify is to manifest the hidden excellence and worth of an object. Jesus, the Son of Man was to be glorified when His human nature was admitted to the full participation of the power and glory in which God dwells. He entered into the…
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The Indwelling Trinity

God’s design and will is to dwell within his redeemed. Thus we can properly speak of the indwelling Trinity. Our Lord stated that his departure (through his death and after his resurrection from the dead) would make this possible (see John…

Articulate and Tame

To articulate *what* a thing is can be an act of appreciation, as when, after having eaten an exquisite variant of macaroni and cheese, the dinner guests go into great detail about the recipe.  Such an exchange shares the experience, turning…

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…

The Blessed and Only Sovereign

In this present-day, non-religious, democratically oriented form of society we lack—fundamentally—the habits associated with being subjects under a sovereign or master.  The western hemisphere is largely comprised of countries living out…
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How We Got To Heaven

I have been thinking about how we got to heaven. I do not mean by this actually “going to heaven” after dying. Rather, I refer to how we modern Christians have arrived at our conception of “heaven”—of the afterlife. Our ideas are strongly…

Speaking to God

Knowing what to say during prayer has always been a real question for people. Even the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray,” whence comes the beloved and simple prayer that all Christians know: “Our Father, who art in heaven…”…

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…

The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 2

Like all reform movements, the abolitionists legacy is not without fault. We look back upon the prior generations greatest achievements and we can critique them and perceive how those social or legal reforms could have been enacted more effectively…

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…