A Crash Course on the Bible

A Satan worshipper once told me that the Bible said that it wasn't the word of God. Though there are probably better responses, I handed him my Bible and said: "show me where." I've often thought of that conversation and the puzzled expression on the guy's face as he gently thumbed through my Bible's soft … Continue reading A Crash Course on the Bible

Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There are no spoilers in this book review. All parenthetical citations are from this edition: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Translated by Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005. 718 pages. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a fascinating murder mystery about the exploits of three brothers: Ivan, Dmitri, and Alyosha. The three brothers, though … Continue reading Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

The only match for our culture’s flaming love-affair with the buzzword “tolerance” is our hatred of intolerance. Our hatred of intolerance is not without its bright spots: For example, it is bad to be intolerant toward a Muslim simply because they are Muslim. Similarly, it would be inappropriate for an employer to be intolerant toward … Continue reading Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Being a pastor is a difficult job. On the one hand, we want to please people; that's just human nature! I genuinely want people to enjoy my sermons, I want programs to run efficiently, and I want every service to be flawless. On the other hand, any pastor worth having knows that personal satisfaction and … Continue reading 3 Reasons Your Pastor Should Let You Down

Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws

A few pounds of boiled crawfish (just like the ones pictured above) are a Louisiana delicacy! The worst thing about crawfish is that they’re only available during the first half of the year; though we eat a lot of other shellfish, such as shrimp and crabs, crawfish is the king of shellfish in Louisiana. Between … Continue reading Of Crawfish and Bacon: Christians and Those Quirky Old Testament Laws

The Gospel and Race

“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then … Continue reading The Gospel and Race

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is an extremely popular fixation at Christian colleges and seminaries. Every year New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosts the Defend conference—which is open to the public and well worth attending—featuring some of the world’s top apologists. Some influential Christians consider apologetics to be so important that they say things like: “In this day and … Continue reading What is Apologetics?

The Things God Can’t Do

The Old Testament book of Job is a fascinating story that dwells upon the problem of evil and suffering. In the book, Job, who is eminently righteous by all accounts, loses his wealth and family in the course of a few days. Job and his friends then give a series of speeches to one another … Continue reading The Things God Can’t Do

Baptized Clichés: The Buzzwords of Western Christianity

A key component of the modern de-intellectualization of Christianity is the devaluation, if not outright rejection, of biblical doctrine in churches. Instead of learning what is proper to theology and godly living, Christians have unfortunately settled for clichés and aphorism; such phrases as, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship,” or “all roads lead to … Continue reading Baptized Clichés: The Buzzwords of Western Christianity

Balanced Preaching: How to Write Balanced Sermons and Bible Studies

Perhaps the most important concept for pastoring a church is balance. The importance of balance shows up in nearly every area of the local church and to ignore balance is to head for ruin. With regard to a pastor’s workload, the pastor must find a healthy balance between the twin sins of too little and … Continue reading Balanced Preaching: How to Write Balanced Sermons and Bible Studies