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

How Does God Work? 3 Reasons God Rarely Does Miracles

As Christmas approaches, I find myself preaching on the miraculous events surrounding Christ’s birth in the gospels of Matthew and of Luke. Though our culture is loath to admit it, there’s no good reason to think that miracles cannot happen, as I’ve argued here. Our culture is not the only one at fault when it … Continue reading How Does God Work? 3 Reasons God Rarely Does Miracles

Who Made God?

One of my favorite things to do is peruse a bookstore. I often pick up books and scan the contents, read the summaries on the back, and read things that sound interesting. I did this once with the book Atheism for Dummies. One of the sections I read concerned arguments for God’s existence. One argument … Continue reading Who Made God?