The Problems (plural!) of Evil, part 1

The Problems (plural!) of Evil, part 1

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

  Skeptics love to raise “the problem of evil” to Christians. They assume we have no answer or, if we do, it’s a simplistic one. But I wonder if a first line of response is to complexify the problem for them. If we don’t, we allow them to speak of “the problem of evil” as if […]

A Great Book for Thoughtful Outsiders

A Great Book for Thoughtful Outsiders

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017

It’s hard to find books that speak to both Christians and non-Christians. Here’s a recommendation for a new book that fits that distinction: Gregory E. Ganssle’s Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations. It can deepen believers’ faith and challenge outsiders’ skepticism. And it does so with “gentleness and respect” as Scripture […]

Surprised by The Solar Eclipse

Surprised by The Solar Eclipse

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

I decided I would forgo the event of the century. I did not want to risk damaging my aging eyes. I contented myself, knowing I could see photos taken by photographers more skillful than me, with the aid of cameras better than my iPhone. Besides, I didn’t live in the “totality” path, so I figured […]

A Book Non-Recommendation

A Book Non-Recommendation

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017

  I really wanted to love Andrew Klavan’s new book The Great Good Thing. And for the first 230 pages, I did. In fact, I couldn’t put it down after being grabbed by the subtitle “A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ.” To say he’s an amazing writer is an understatement. He recounted episodes […]

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

I’ve had several conversations about what we should call ourselves? Are we Christians or Followers of Christ or Believers in Jesus or Disciples or Learners or several other suggested monikers? My earliest discussions came as a new believer. I had to figure out how to tell my Jewish relatives that I believed Jesus was the […]

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 3

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 3

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017

  I’ve been reflecting on my recent tour of Westminster Abbey where I saw a statue of William Wilberforce and a stone memorializing David Livingstone. In this final blog in the series, I want to consider the stone for C. S. Lewis, placed in 2013, fifty years after his death. Along with his name and […]

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 2

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 2

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

After rejoicing that William Wilberforce is memorialized in Westminster Abbey, I now continue to wonder what people think if they read these words in that same building about David Livingstone, who is buried there: BROUGHT BY FAITHFUL HANDS OVER LAND AND SEA HERE RESTS DAVID LIVINGSTONE, MISSIONARY, TRAVELER, PHILANTHROPIST, BORN MARCH 19. 1813 AT BLANTYRE, […]

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 1

Silent Witness at Westminster Abbey, part 1

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to tour Westminster Abbey. I was struck by the grandeur , size, and beauty of the building. Just staring up at the ceiling took my breath away and made me want to lie down on the floor and gaze upward for hours. Of course, lying down on the floor of […]

Follow Your Passion? Maybe not.

Follow Your Passion? Maybe not.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

A recent book questions the prevailing wisdom of finding a job where we can follow our passion as the key to success. I found the book a refreshing dose of “the emperor has no clothes.” We need something better than a passion to follow. Unfortunately, Cal Newport, the author of So Good They Can’t Ignore […]

Evangelizing a Crowd                       

Evangelizing a Crowd                       

Posted by on May 17, 2017

  A friend asked me how she should have responded when her non-Christian coworkers “all ganged up” on her at a recent after-work dinner party. She wondered if she could have done things better. One person began with, “You’re a Christian, right? What kind of Christian?” Another one chimed in with, “You’re not one of […]