There are at least two reasons why the gospel writers give us such extensive material on the Jewish religious leaders of the first century (e.g., scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees). First, Jesus exposes the spiritual character of the Pharisees in order guard his disciples from becoming entangled with and influence by those who are in the grip … Continue reading Are Christians Hypocrisy Hunters?
I am currently reading Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold. Honnold is considered by many to be the best solo free-climber in the world. Even very early into his career he had already tallied a ledger of climbs that caused some of the most seasoned stone masters to sit up and take notice. But to appreciate Honnald's well-deserved reputation, we need a … Continue reading What Love Does: Reflections on Alex Honnold’s ‘Alone on the Wall’
I recently engaged in a light Twitter exchange with a few atheists after I posted the following tweet: Christians love atheists and adherents of other religions, not because we accept their worldview, but precisely because we don't. — Derek Brown (@DerekBrown24) April 12, 2016 A few self-described atheists didn't think this statement sounded too loving. One … Continue reading How Do Christians Love People With Different Worldviews?
A powerful word from Calvin's Institutes about caring for our neighbor’s reputation. I am convicted by this word especially since I know that I have failed often in this area. We delight in a certain poisoned sweetness experiences in ferreting out and in disclosing the evils of others. And let us not think it an adequate … Continue reading Calvin on Caring For Our Neighbor’s Reputation