Why I Believe in God

Why I Believe in God

We all exercise a tremendous amount of faith every day. Christians, Atheists, Muslims, everyone. It’s part of being human. We know so little that we would be unable to function if we didn’t choose to trust that certain things were true.   The...
A Theology of Family

A Theology of Family

  It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that Christians are pretty preoccupied with the idea of the family. Whether it’s through the naming of various organizations (think “Focus on the Family”), or the perceived perils of...
Why Christians Are So Pro-Adoption

Why Christians Are So Pro-Adoption

One thing that my wife and I have in common: we’ve both had a burning in our hearts to adopt a child. There’s still a lot we need to talk about in terms of timing and everything else before we are ready for that, but it’s something we know that we...
We Aren’t All God’s Children

We Aren’t All God’s Children

Let me just start off by saying that I feel the weight of sharing unpopular opinions. It’s not like I get some weird pleasure out of being a contrarian. Believe me: there is a part of me that would love nothing more than to tickle people’s ears and tell...
A Theology of Receiving

A Theology of Receiving

    It should be obvious to everyone that generosity is a fundamental Christian virtue, but for whatever reason I don’t hear nearly as much about counterpart of giving: receiving.   This might be in part because of the two, generosity is clearly...
It’s More Blessed to Give than to Spend

It’s More Blessed to Give than to Spend

Hopefully we all know well the words of Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When I was growing up, I was reminded of this often, especially around Christmas time.   The words of Jesus are true and helpful, but what I want...
The Blessings and Dangers of Wealth

The Blessings and Dangers of Wealth

  Chances are, whether or not you realize it, you have some pretty strong opinions about money and wealth. As it comes to the intersection between faith and finances, most people tend toward two opposite positions. One is a strong aversion to money, a view that money...
The Role of Guilt

The Role of Guilt

There is something of a cultural backlash these days against “shaming” people. As far as I can tell the trend was started by those opposing what they colorfully termed “slut shaming.” The suffix “shaming” has since been affixed to...