Footprints in the sea

In 2001, missionaries Jim and Roni Bowers were flying into Peru with their six-year-old son, Cory, and their infant daughter, Charity. A CIA spotter plane, part of an anti-narcotics program, identified the missionary aircraft as a potential drug runner, alerting Peruvian authorities of their…

The robust theology of lament

Erik “Ordinary Pastor” Raymond recently published a blog post titled “Can Your Theology Handle the book of Lamentations?” In it, he argues that far too many professing Christians “ignore this God who judges” because “it is much easier for him to be, well, nice.”…

Because you have prayed

Does prayer change things? This is one of the perennial questions about the biblical teaching on prayer. Many have (rightly) noted that, in one sense, prayer cannot possibly change things. That is, if God is sovereign (and he is), and if he has ordained…

God knows

One of the few podcasts that I subscribe to and make a point of listening to on a daily basis is Al Mohler’s “The Briefing.” This past Friday, Mohler dealt with several articles related to the contemporary view of family. The first article on…

Hymnody: “Day by Day”

Lina Sandell (1832–1903) was a Swedish hymnist and the daughter of Lutheran minister, Jonas Sandell. She greatly loved her father, and since she was a frail child, she frequently spent a great deal of time with him in his study rather than outside with…

Paraskevidekatriaphobia (and other superstitions)

Would you board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? Finnair flight AY666 to Helsinki (HEL) will operate today, and the flight is almost full.1 It is estimated that $800–$900 million is lost in business on Friday the 13th because people will not…

Reflections on providence

Several weeks back, our pastor, in his Sunday evening preaching through Acts, reached Acts 18:18–28 in which Paul returns to Antioch following his second missionary journey and in which we are introduced to Apollos. The main theme of that particular sermon was the providence…