The Invasion

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:12-13)

The movie Gladiator opens with a division of the Roman army about to go into battle against the Germanic barbarians of Northern Europe. The commander Maximus (played by Russell Crowe), mustering his troops, declares to them, “Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.” Continue reading “The Invasion”

God The Human Rights Violator

Founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and best-selling author Timothy Keller retells a story of a student, during one of his post-service Q&A sessions, who stated she was offended at the idea that the Christian God would hold people accountable and even punish them for their sin. In response, Keller asked, “Are you offended also at God’s decision to forgive?” To which she replied, “No.”

Keller goes on to say that the idea that God should be a God of mercy and forgiveness and not judgment is primarily a construct of Western civilization that has dominated most of Europe and North America, not a universal truth or idea. Continue reading “God The Human Rights Violator”

The Letter

Imagine you receive a letter in the mail that says, “You have just won a million dollars!” Would you believe it? Probably not.

But now imagine you receive a letter in the mail from your dear uncle saying that out of kindness and his abundance of wealth he has decided to send you a million dollars as an early inheritance. Would you believe it then? Unless you have reason to doubt the trustworthiness of your uncle, the answer is most likely yes. Continue reading “The Letter”