I just did the math. In the last 38 days, the American flag has flown at half mast a total of 15 times.   15 out of 38 days. This means in the last month, your kids had a 40% chance of seeing a flag out their car window that represented human lives killed in domestic and international attacks. Sadly, this has become their new normal.   Here’s the other new normal for our kids: #PrayforBatonRouge #PrayForNice #PrayForDallas #PrayForOrlando #PrayForSanBernardino #PrayForParis   There are a hundred other hashtags we could add to this list. You and I know the drill too well…   ARead More →

Currently, a group of men at my church are reading and discussing the gospel of John. I’ll be honest; other than Psalms and Job, John’s gospel is one of hardest books in Scripture for me to process.   In preparation for our discussion, I was reading John chapter 5. Here, Jesus makes a startling claim. He says, “The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son” (5:22). Wait a second. The Father judges no one? What about passages like 1 Peter 1:17 that says the Father does in fact judge? Is this a contradiction in Scripture?   While these verses mayRead More →

Several years ago, I took a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to write an article for my church’s blog. I titled it, “God is Not a God of Second Chances.” It focused on the good news of the imputed righteousness of Christ.   Little did I know at the time, that post would play a catalytic role in what would become a part-time writing career. Last week, I had the honor of writing a version of that same message for The Gospel Coalition. Here’s a snippet of the post. You can read the rest on TCG’s website here.   In our polarized culture it’s rareRead More →