Tag: Worshiping Christian

The Man Who Gave His Consent To Be Born

News came out a couple weeks ago about Raphael Samuel, a 27-year-old Indian man who’s reportedly suing his parents for bringing him into this world without his consent. “Life was imposed on me…. I want to make it a legal right for a child to sue a parent…. Ideally...

Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the...

Jesus Christ: Greater Than You Knew, Too Great Not To Be True

Today I’m announcing a new argument for the historicity of the Gospels, published just now through Touchstone Magazine. The editors have titled it The Gospel Truth Of Jesus: What Happens to Apologetics If We Add “Legend” to the Trilemma “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord”?. The main point of the argument:...

Recognizing the Real Thing: Is Christian Worship Manipulative?

The music in church was great last Sunday. Unfortunately my mind wasn’t on it totally. I flashed back on the memory of some atheist or skeptic’s complaint that we Christians subject ourselves willingly to emotional manipulation with our minds in cognitive neutral. Later I went to look for where...

Earth, Air, Fire, Water—and God

Several years ago my wife and I were hiking in the Anaheim Hills when we heard a drumbeat ahead of us. Our first thought was of a Boy Scout troop, but it turned out instead to be a pagan circle chanting their praises to earth, air, fire, and water....

On the Greatness of God

A guided exploration of the greatness of God, unlike other podcasts I’ve done, in that it’s not a talk I gave before a group. It is instead a meditation, intended for contemplation and worship—and to stretch your thinking about the greatness of God. You won’t want to listen to...

The Preeminence of Christ

I was reading Colossians this morning, and felt compelled to journal some of my thoughts and responses to one passage. One translation titles this section “The Centrality of Christ,” and it indeed puts Christ at the center, for the highest worship. Colossians 1:15-22 (ESV) He is the image of...

What Is Christianity? Worship

At the core of Christianity—at the core of everything—there is God, uniquely revealed in Jesus Christ. From the earth-bound, human perspective, Christianity is primarily about being in a right relationship with God through Christ. This is a many-faceted relationship involving reconciliation with God, experiencing his forgiveness and intimate love,...

The Cross: Not One of the Universe’s “Nice” Ideas

Dallas Willard writes in The Divine Conspiracy (p. 335), “God,” Paul said, “makes clear the greatness of his love for us through the fact that Christ died for us while we were still rebelling against him” (Rom. 5:8). The exclusiveness of the Christian revelation of God lies here. No...