About six months ago, Americans’ belief in God hit an all-time low. According to a 2022 Gallup survey, the percentage of people who believe in God has dropped from 98% in the 1950s to 81% today; among Americans under 30, it is down to an unprecedented 68%. Up close, the trend looks even more dramatic.Continue reading “The Secularization of America”
Category Archives: Faith
Can We Lose Our Salvation?
I do not believe that Hebrews 6:4-6 teaches that we can lose our salvation. In my opinion, this deals with the Hebrews who were claiming to be Christians and did not know how to integrate Old Testament Biblical revelation with the New Testament teachings. They rejected the fullness of Jesus’ work and so cannot beContinue reading “Can We Lose Our Salvation?”
You Weren’t Meant to Understand It All
I have long been a mental maniac. I ruminate over unanswerable questions, turning the concepts of God and the universe over in my head to examine them from different angles, seeking to find clarity, certainty, and even mastery of the “metanarrative.” As a young adult, by some mixture of my pride and the societal valueContinue reading “You Weren’t Meant to Understand It All”
When Home Is as Cold as a Tomb
Not long ago, a friend at our church lost her husband of fifty-plus years unexpectedly during the pandemic. She was not allowed to be by his bedside as he passed away in the hospital, and she could not hold a proper funeral for him. She returned alone to the empty house that she had recentlyContinue reading “When Home Is as Cold as a Tomb”
Sons of Clarity and Confidence
What Christian father lacks the deep desire to see his sons become men who are wise, godly, strong, selfless, mature, and responsible? I have prayed that my son would become a man consumed by a passion for the supremacy of Christ so that he pours himself out in sacrificial love for others. Ultimately the LordContinue reading “Sons of Clarity and Confidence”
Another Word for Charity
There’s something marvelous about standing outside on a summer night and watching a storm front roll in. The thick clouds block out the glow of the moon and stars above, and everything is wrapped in heavy darkness. Then, for a brief moment, that darkness is shattered as lightning streaks across the sky with blinding brilliance.Continue reading “Another Word for Charity”
Will We Judge Angels?
The apostle Paul says something pretty wild in 1 Corinthians 6:3. He says, “Do you not know that we are to judge angels?” Christians—human beings—will one day judge angels. What on earth is Paul talking about? How can we do that? And when exactly will this happen? First, we need to understand the context ofContinue reading “Will We Judge Angels?”
Live Well So You Can Die Well
September 10, 2021, was a day a father won’t forget. It wasn’t the day our eldest learned to walk. It wasn’t his first day of school (that actually came a few days later). It wasn’t the day he learned to ride a bike (“Dad, let go! Let go! I can do it!”). No, Friday, SeptemberContinue reading “Live Well So You Can Die Well”
What Are God’s Thoughts About Your Thoughts?
I often begin writing a new song—or even something as ordinary as a letter to a friend—because I have seen a spark, a shimmer of God’s renewal in the world. But sometimes I have to weather a few false starts. Some seeds we plant seem to sprout overnight, while others take time. Much of lifeContinue reading “What Are God’s Thoughts About Your Thoughts?”
The Very Flame of God?
There’s something marvelous about standing outside on a summer night and watching a storm front roll in. The thick clouds block out the glow of the moon and stars above, and everything is wrapped in heavy darkness. Then, for a brief moment, that darkness is shattered as lightning streaks across the sky with blinding brilliance.Continue reading “The Very Flame of God?”