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.”…

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…

The practicality of sovereignty

In Family Bible Hour recently, we had some discussion regarding the sovereignty of God and what it means practically to us. It struck me afresh during our discussion that our understanding of God’s sovereignty, or at least of its day-to-day implications, is often somewhat…