People today talk a lot about tolerance. It’s advanced as one of, if not the greatest, of all virtues. One of the worst accusations that can be leveled at someone is to call them intolerant, or a bigot, or any number of other synonyms with the same presupposition: you’re not tolerating others, and that’s bad. … Continue reading Is Tolerance A Virtue?
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Why You Should Homeschool Your Children
What is the most valuable thing you could be entrusted with? Is it gold, the Crown Jewels, or maybe fine art like the Mona Lisa? No, the most valuable thing you could be entrusted with is the shaping of a child’s mind because, unlike all the things listed above, children are made in the image … Continue reading Why You Should Homeschool Your Children
Giving To The Church Isn’t Just About Money
Inflation is all over the news (and price stickers), and even the Fed Chair and Treasury Secretary are admitting that it is not, in fact, transitory. Even at the government reported rate of 7% (which is based on a lot of creative accounting, the real rate is closer to 15%) inflation is likely to outpace … Continue reading Giving To The Church Isn’t Just About Money
Conscience and Vaccine Mandates
The point of this article isn’t whether or not the COVID vaccine is safe or effective. I have my own thoughts on that, as well as taking the recommendations of government officials who’ve lied repeatedly, but that’s for another time. What is more concerning is the willingness of professing Christians to dismiss and denigrate the … Continue reading Conscience and Vaccine Mandates
On People As Consumer Goods
The state of human relationships in our modern world is simply abysmal. Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, even with social media to (allegedly) keep us connected with each other. This was a problem even before the government decided to force people to stay in their homes ‘for their own good’, although lockdowns, social distancing, and … Continue reading On People As Consumer Goods
What Unforgiveness Really Means
We all know that we’re supposed to forgive people who’ve wronged us, but sometimes we just don’t want to. Sometimes, people do things that really hurt, and it seems more appropriate to us to hold a grudge. It seems to be a popular pastime these days, with people going as far as to hold grudges … Continue reading What Unforgiveness Really Means
Female Chauvinism Is Real, and It’s a Problem
This has been bugging me for a while, but I’ve had trouble putting it into words until lately. Everyone knows that male chauvinism is a bad thing; putting women down just because they’re women isn’t good. Duh. But in our zeal to not be chauvinistic against women, our culture has swung to the other extreme; … Continue reading Female Chauvinism Is Real, and It’s a Problem
How to Evaluate Christian Celebrities
Whenever a celebrity claims to be a Christian, we make a huge deal about it. While there’s nothing wrong with being glad a famous person has come to Christ (duh), there’s a risk to it too. Our desire that a famous person would really be one of us can blind us to warning signs that … Continue reading How to Evaluate Christian Celebrities
Tongues: What Is It and Is It Available Today?
The gift of tongues is, quite possibly, the most misunderstood of the apostolic gifts in scripture. The general impression in the church today is that the gift of tongues is the ability to speak unintelligible ecstatic utterances that are incomprehensible to those listening. Typically, proponents will characterize this as a ‘private prayer language’, ‘angelic language’ … Continue reading Tongues: What Is It and Is It Available Today?
Is Prophecy a Gift for Today?
The topic of spiritual gifts is a hot topic in the church today, one fraught with emotion and sacred cows. Prophecy is, I believe, the most important of these gifts to get right because, if we get it wrong, it carries great danger to the church. I realize this is a controversial issue, but if … Continue reading Is Prophecy a Gift for Today?