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…

Destiny’s child (part one): The overriding argument

The Bible teaches in no uncertain terms that everyone has sinned and has consequently fallen short of God’s divine standard. Sin separates us from God, and God’s just decree is that sin is punishable by death. But Jesus Christ took the penalty for our…

This is my Father’s world

In a 2003 speech entitled “Environmentalism as Religion,” the late author Michael Crichton—no friend of biblical Christianity—labelled environmentalism “one of the most powerful religions in the Western World” and “the religion of choice for urban atheists.” It may sound strange to label environmentalism as…

God’s ultrasound

Abortion has always been a practice in this fallen world. In nations that have historically rejected the Judeo-Christian worldview, abortion rates have been, and are, horrific. In recent decades, however, abortion has been widely legalised in nations that traditionally have embraced this ethic (so-called…