Browsed by
Year: 2015

Update for Ministry Partners

Update for Ministry Partners

For more than 35 years Sara and I have been telling donors our ministry depends entirely on their contributions. Now I’m working three-quarters time with The Stream. Why are we seeking support still, and how much do we need? Why are we still seeking support? First, we’re still in ministry and still pursuing changed lives as much as ever before. The part I’m doing through The Stream is funded. There I’m responsible for Christian Inspiration and Apologetics. If you visit…

Read More Read More

Same-Sex Marriage In 2016: One More Reason the Question Still Matters

Same-Sex Marriage In 2016: One More Reason the Question Still Matters

Pundits are marking 2015 as the year the same-sex marriage question was settled in the United States. They’re wrong. There’s still plenty to be done about same-sex marriage in 2016. Defenders of marriage see the question still at issue for marriage, family, and religious freedom. They’re wrong too, if they think those are the big three. Yes, they’re right to place priority there, but if that’s all they see to work on they’re missing one other matter, equally important if not more…

Read More Read More

Coming Back After a Year Away

Coming Back After a Year Away

Over my years I’ve been blogging there have been times when I thought I should take a week’s sabbatical. There were busy seasons when I couldn’t post or interact very much. I never expected to take a whole year off. That’s pretty much what I did in 2015, though. The slowdown started with a very busy conference at the first of the year. Later in January came the surprising news that Rick Schenker was resigning as president of Ratio Christi,…

Read More Read More

T. S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi

T. S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi

I’ve written about T.S. Eliot’s Journey of the Magi before, but I can’t help coming back to it. It starts in the cold, at the “worst time of year,” and ends with a stab into the heart of life lived “at ease here, in the old dispensation.” Nevertheless — or perhaps precisely because of that cold beginning and hard ending — this poem is high on my list of poems to be read over and over again. So today on Christmas I…

Read More Read More

Michigan State Spartan Football: Somehow They Win

Michigan State Spartan Football: Somehow They Win

Spartan Football: Definitely the most interesting team in the country right now. Michigan State has won its four biggest games this year with a total of 44 seconds of clock time remaining. Iowa last Saturday: 27 seconds. Ohio State and UM: 0 seconds each. Baylor, Cotton Bowl: 17 seconds. (I said “this year,” remember.) They started this season with the motto, “Reach Higher.” I think if I were an opposing coach I’d be thinking something else about MSU, and it would…

Read More Read More

Christian Logic Is Circular, Skeptical Reasoning Is Sound (?)

Christian Logic Is Circular, Skeptical Reasoning Is Sound (?)

This is not exactly something I’ve overheard from a skeptic. It’s just really, really close to what I’ve heard from several of them: “Christian logic is circular” Christian logic is circular. Christians believe Jesus is God because they believe the Bible is inerrant; but they believe the Bible is inerrant because they’re convinced Jesus is God. That’s their reasoning. It’s totally circular. Unlike believers, we do not argue in a circular fashion. We can explain where the story of Jesus came from, without…

Read More Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinner is over, the prayers of thanks have been spoken, I’ve had my first mini-nap, and now I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. The best way I know to do that is by steering you to two articles on The Stream, one by my friend Yvonne Ortega, and one by my new colleague David Mills. David, you got your wish from the last item on your Thanksgiving list. As a Michigan native, I’m not only grateful but more…

Read More Read More

Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence For a Divinely Created Universe Crime Scenes If this book is about a “crime scene,” I have two additional charges to file. One is against myself. J. Warner Wallace sent this book to me months ago, and I haven’t been able to read and review it until now. I’m criminally late. One is against the author. He’s criminally competent. I like to think of myself as a fairly capable…

Read More Read More

Christians Are Called to be Great

Christians Are Called to be Great

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world. Called to be Great This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will…

Read More Read More

Real Time Web Analytics