Category: Theology Plainly Spoken

camel

Do You Have a Camel in Your Throat?

Let me give you a scenario. Imagine that you’re a father who is concerned for your children’s safety. “You are not allowed to cross the...

eatburger

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) opens with the well-known list of qualities and rewards known as “The Beatitudes” (5:3-12). According to Jesus, rewards like...

poorgirl

Are There Humanitarians in Hell?

From a human perspective, there are lots of good people doing great work out in the world who are not Christians. Some philanthropists devote many hours working in...

answerfool

Answer Not a Fool

Proverbs 26:4 reads like this: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.” The message seems clear enough: Don’t be a fool the...

old-man-story

A Tale of Two Therefores

Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. It was such an incredible miracle that when the Jewish leaders found out about it, they knew they had to...

lion-king

A Clash of Kings

The young Aristobulus had the misfortune of being popular. Because of this, Herod the Great invited him to his magnificent palace in Jericho, where Aristobulus ate and drank, splashed...

2tower

A Christ-like Response to September 11th

“God had nothing to do with September 11th.” Those words were reportedly spoken by a pastor who was responding to a question about God’s involvement in the...

diversity

Celebrate Diversity . . . Like Jesus and the Writers of the New Testament Did

I typed the words “celebrate diversity” in the Google search box and got 439,000 results. Without the quotation...

buddha

Buddhism: A Way that Seems Right

As the first watch of the night approached, a cross-legged figure, softly touching the ground so that Earth could bear witness, began to meditate. Above him, a...

socksfromgod

A Pair of Warm Socks: God’s Provision for John Stam

Is there anything too small for the Lord? We often surmise (rightly so) that there is nothing too big for him, but fail...