Category: Christian Life

For Sunday: The End of Anger

When I was young, I had a frightening anger problem. I would throw things, bite people, kick and do whatever it took to get them to understand the depth of my rage and respond as I wanted them to. As...

/ June 24, 2007

Fact and Theory

Why does the Bible simply proclaim, rather than argue and defend, difficult Christian doctrines like the Trinity or the Incarnation? This question has been staring at me all afternoon from the little pocket notebook I carry with me to church....

/ March 11, 2007

Canonical Communities: Ash Wednesday and Christian Communities

Today is Ash Wednesday, and though this is going up late, I think it appropriate. The Lenten season is one of the most difficult periods of the Christian year. It is a time of reflection and repentance for our sins....

/ February 21, 2007

How good is “as good as possible”?

“But one ought to try to become as good as possible oneself, but not to think that only oneself can become perfectly good — for if one thinks this is one is not yet perfectly good.” -Plotinus Ennead II.9, Chap....

/ February 16, 2007

The Key to the Gospel of John: An Addendum

I was planning on being finished with these reflections on John, but these excellent questions from Andrew have inspired me to write one more post. If anything is clear in the Gospel of John, the thought that Jesus is both...

/ February 6, 2007

The Key to the Gospel of John: Final Installment

In my previous post on the Gospel of John, I suggested that John speaks to us through his Gospel as Jesus does to the people in the Gospel. “Greater works than these,” Jesus says. John’s Gospel is surely one of...

/ February 5, 2007

Character, Skepticism, and Prayer

In the context of a discussion about the method in which God develops a conversation relationship with us – by forming our character – and our appropriate response, Dallas Willard writes of the serious barrier our culture’s skepticism poses to...

/ February 3, 2007

As Below, So Above: Cleaning Up After Haggard

We blogged about it a lot at Mere O when it happened.  Offered some pretty strong opinions, too, especially about the response by the people at New Life.  Ted Olsen at Christianity Today posted this recap of the followup by...

/ January 16, 2007

Peter Kreeft at Biola

Christian apologist Peter Kreeft visited Biola University this weekend as a guest of the Torrey Honors Institute. Kreeft has written numerous books in various styles on numerous subjects including apologetics, heaven, prayer, Catholicism and Aquinas. His next work (and the...

/ February 26, 2005

Parable of the Talents

Okay, this story from the AP wire is just flat out cool. GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money. Pastor Steve Dyer of the Newsong Church gave $14,000 to...

/ February 17, 2005