Generally speaking, we don't live in a world of nuance. For all the talk in the popular culture for the many shades of grey out there and of the many varieties of truth, when it comes right down to the actual discussions we have, everything seems radically simple. Socially you're either conservative or you're progressive. Politically … Continue reading Simplification, Subtlety and the Saviour
Many people on the blogosphere have been commenting on the statements of Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday, where he said essentially that Tiger Woods should turn to faith in Jesus Christ. Now, most will recognize that I would agree with that statement (though I might quibble with Hume's phrasing). I agree that Buddhism is … Continue reading Is Brit Hume out of line?
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways (Psalm 119:15) In my reading and experience in counselling, the saddest times are when people realize that what they had called love for someone else had been simply their need to love something, not really a love for the thing loved. In essence, the object of their … Continue reading Loving a Cipher
"You know how this wine was blended? Different types of Pharisee have been harvested, trodden, and fermented together to produce the subtle flavour. Types that were most antagonistic on earth.... The wickedness of other religions was the really live doctrine in the religion of each; slander was its gospel, and denigration its litany. How they … Continue reading The Pharisee Culture
After some discussion, I'm finding that I have to explain what I mean when I say that the rarer form of unprepared heart for the Gospel is despairing sin. Recall that my central understanding of the Gospel is that is at heart about the glory of Jesus Christ and the reign of His kingdom (Matt. … Continue reading Despair and Sin
Sounds like a bit of an internal contradiction, doesn't it? After all, Gospel is by definition Good News, that's what the word means. So why the provocative title? Well, the simplest answer is that I've been doing some pondering while reading a few books. It slows down my reading speed a lot, but I think … Continue reading The Gospel is Never Good News to an Unprepared Heart