Green Pastures and Still Waters for the Urbanite

Psalm 23 provides us with a wonderful example of God’s care and protection in imagery that engages the imagination. But for the contemporary mind, the background of this imagery may be unknown to many. The shepherd imagery is actually a metaphor for kingship in the ancient Near East. So for David to say, “Yahweh isContinue reading “Green Pastures and Still Waters for the Urbanite”

Three Threats to the Joy of This Generation

Today I want to field a question about joy from a listener named Shannon, who writes to say this: “You said something that struck me — you said that your hope for us students is for there to be young people who are ‘joyfully serious.’ Can you explain this more? And what does this lookContinue reading “Three Threats to the Joy of This Generation”

Is God too Odd to Explain Anything?

Is God too different from the laws and mechanisms used in scientific explanations to be taken seriously? Is theism suspect because it cites an agent radically unlike any agent we have encountered? After all, it is rather difficult to imagine God; and even if we could, wouldn’t it be impossible to predict what God wouldContinue reading “Is God too Odd to Explain Anything?”

God’s High Call for Women Although women have traditionally fulfilled supportive roles in serving the church and gained their greatest joy and sense of accomplishment from being wives and mothers, the feminist movement has successfully influenced many women to abandon these divinely ordained roles. Unfortunately, this movement has made headway even in the church, creating chaos and confusion regardingContinue reading “God’s High Call for Women”

How to Doubt and Have Faith without Exploding

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 39, number 04 (2016). SYNOPSIS An experience of intellectual doubt is often taken by Christians to be a sign of weak faith. I argue, however, that an encounter with doubt, when treated properly, is extremely valuable, since it can lead to knowledge and an evenContinue reading “How to Doubt and Have Faith without Exploding”