Philip Yancey, the noted American author, writes in his book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference that he considers prayer a "risky enterprise." It's a jarring statement but one we should thoughtfully consider. As Christians, we have the luxury of "having God's ear." We have reassurances from Jesus Himself that, not only does God hear … Continue reading When Prayer is Scary
Guilty or Not?
The case was open and shut. On April 2, 1968, small-time crook and unapologetic racist James Earl Ray drove from Atlanta, Georgia to Memphis Tennessee. Two days later, on April 4, and armed with a Remington Model 760 Gamemaster .30-06-caliber rifle mounted with a Redfield 2x-7x scope, Ray killed civil rights leader Martin Luther King, … Continue reading Guilty or Not?
The ebook version of my novel, 'Come Down Somewhere' is currently on sale for only $1.99 now through March 31! To get your copy, visit https://www.tyndale.com/p/come-down-somewhere/21896/e-book As an added bonus, all month long I'll be posting notes and highlights from the ebook version on Goodreads. Follow along to learn some historical tidbits and sneak a … Continue reading E-Book Sale!
Being a Christian is risky. We live in a world that is increasingly hostile to a Christ-centered worldview. Our beliefs are seen as childish, ignorant, or sometimes downright malicious. As culture moves further and further away from the cross, the chasm between believers and non-believers grows wider and, at times, un-breachable. The arguments against Christianity … Continue reading Willful Disbelief
The Make-Believe Battle
In February 1942, the entire west coast of the United States was on edge. Only two months before, the Japanese had successfully executed a surprise, devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into war. The Imperial Army seemed unstoppable, as Pacific island after Pacific Island fell under Japanese control. Many in California, Oregon, … Continue reading The Make-Believe Battle
Get That ‘Love’ Stuff Out of Here
Ah, the day after Valentine's Day. Or, as I like to call it, the "75% off love day." Whereas just 24 hours ago, love was everywhere--flowers, balloons, candy, red hearts--today, all that remains are the few stragglers of which stores are desperate to be rid. Hence the cheap prices on wilted roses, sinking balloons, stale … Continue reading Get That ‘Love’ Stuff Out of Here
Blood, Whipping, and Chaucer: The Truth Behind St. Valentine’s Day (RE-POST)
**Recently, my kids asked me about the origins of Valentine's Day so, as a nod to the upcoming holiday, I thought it appropriate to re-hash this article I wrote a few years ago. It's not all candy hearts and roses, folks. Enjoy! The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia in mid-February, usually from the … Continue reading Blood, Whipping, and Chaucer: The Truth Behind St. Valentine’s Day (RE-POST)
In Psalm 11, King David asks a question many of us have probably been asking over the last few months if not years: "The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?" (11:3). Has the world ever felt like that to you? We see riots and lawlessness, blatant evil and unimaginable … Continue reading Shaky Ground
I *maybe* Claim This Land for Russia
On this day in 1820, a Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen spotted an ice shelf attached to Antarctic land now known as Queen Maud Land, making them the first to see the long-sought-after Terra Australis Incognita (“unknown southern land”) many explorers before had tried--and failed--to locate. It should have been a major … Continue reading I *maybe* Claim This Land for Russia
*Not* Working For God
Eugene Peterson writes: "There are times when our grand human plans to do something for God are seen, after a night of prayer, to be a huge human distraction from what God is doing for us." As a Christian author, I can find myself stumbling over this truth time and time and time again. When … Continue reading *Not* Working For God