Rest for the Weary: Human Need for the Sabbath

The Ten Commandments are a foundational building block of Western culture. Like it or not, they are ingrained into our ethical framework. Some of us may reject the concept of divine commands, but no one can deny the influence of these commandments on our society’s development. By in large, the commandments make sense. Take the…

Opposition and Persecution

I live near the University of Georgia. Depending on traffic, I can be at Sanford Stadium on the campus in 10-15 minutes. This cathedral of SEC football hosts 93,000 rabid fans on six or so Saturdays each fall. College football is a big deal where I live. As such, you hear a lot about the…

In All Things?: Giving Thanks in the Face of Cruel Reality

Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1st Thessalonians 5:18 In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, Evangeline, the eponymous character loses almost everything. Evangeline is deported from her home by a conquering army. In the process, her beloved father dies and she is separated from her fiancé,…

Salvation Begun, Salvation Completed

I am confident in this, that the one who began a good work in you will complete it at the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6 Salvation is a process. To some ears, that may sound like an audacious claim. Many in the evangelical community experienced salvation after hearing a gospel call, walking down…

Freedom in Chains: The Perspective of the Apostle Paul in Prison

  This is a bit of a different kind of post. I originally wrote this for a Bible study I lead at my church. We are discussing the letter to the Ephesians and we had noted that Paul seems to have a pretty positive attitude about being in prison. This post examines possible reasons that…