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.”…

Repentance: Six special ingredients

One of the most important distinctives of true Christianity is repentance. William Plumer (1759–1850) once wrote that “repentance belongs exclusively to the religion of sinners. It has no place in the exercises of unfallen creatures…. The wickedness of the human heart makes it necessary.”…

The vilest offender

In a previous post, I reviewed a book by Roy Ratcliff titled Dark Journey, Deep Grace, which is the account of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s journey to faith. As I said in that post, I read the book in the space of a few hours….

Paedophiles are people too

There is a picture that has been doing the rounds recently that portrays seven skeletons, captioned in turn with the following ascriptions: black, white, gay, straight, religious, atheist and you. The point of the picture is that, underneath it all, we’re really the same,…

Gossip and the triple filter test

Several years ago I came across a story about the ancient philosopher Socrates, who was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. An acquaintance came to the great philosopher with a tale he had just heard about a friend of Socrates. Before he could…

Lessons from a leader

My Bible reading recently brought me to the book of Deuteronomy, where an account of Moses recalling God’s refusal to grant him entrance to the Promised Land struck me. Recalling how he pleaded with God to let him cross Jordan, Moses said, “But the…

The (fleeting) pleasures of sin

This past Sunday we spent our Family Bible Hour time in Colossians 3, which Paul opens with an exhortation to set our sights and affections on things above, not on things of the earth. He exhorts us to focus where Christ is. This stands…

Who am I to judge?

One of the hottest topics on the current moral landscape in the West is the issue of homosexuality. Judeo-Christian values have always maintained that homosexuality is a sin against God. This has been challenged for a long time by a pluralistic society, and in…

Destiny’s child (part 3): What does the text say?

In my ongoing thinking through the issue of infants (and the mentally handicapped) who die, and their eternal destiny, I have thus far sought to set forth the overriding argument as I understanding it, and to deal with some objections and other issues relating…

Destiny’s child (part two): Objections and other considerations

Previously, I outlined my basic assertion that those who die in infancy, or who are too severely handicapped to wrestle intellectually with the implications of the gospel, experience God’s salvific grace. It appears to me that, by his own decree, God’s judgement is based…