• Fallacy: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

    Discernment A mark of weakness in any society, organization, or individual that could potentially prove fatal is an inability to discern what is right and accurate from what is false and inaccurate. For the Church, this has been one of its major battles from the beginning. Jesus Himself warned of the dangers of false representations of truth wrapped up in the lives and teaching of the Jewish leaders known as the Pharisees. The apostle Paul warned the elders at Ephesus as he was departing for Jerusalem that savage wolves would rise up from within their own ranks speaking perverse things that would lead the disciples away. The cry of the…

  • Burning Away the Fog

    Autonomy as a Modern Flaw When our children are little, much energy is spent in training them to be independent. The goal is to see them become wise, mature adults who are self-determining, self-ruling, and self-governing. As babies, parents show them how to hold their own bottle in order to be able to feed themselves. As toddlers, they are taught to learn how to dress themselves and how to use a toilet instead of diapers. This push towards independence continues through adolescence as the child is given greater levels of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to earn their own money or a driver’s permit to operate a car in traffic.…

  • Inclusivism

    To be sure, everyone wants to belong and be included. Who hasn’t wanted to be picked for a certain team on the playground as a kid? Who hasn’t wanted to be part of the honor role designed to celebrate those with good grades? Who hasn’t wanted to be chosen for entrance into the neighborhood club and its clubhouse with all of its privileges? Who hasn’t wanted to be selected for inclusion in one group or another? It may seem that there are arguments to the contrary but, in fact, the story of the hermit who has shunned all of society to live off-grid in solitude from the rest of the…

  • Rules for Rejoinder – Part 1

    Ok…let’s just settle down for a moment and take a deep breath.  Find a comfortable chair to sit in.  Close your eyes for a moment.  Breath in…hold it…breath out.  Repeat.  And repeat again until you can feel the blood pressure drop and the angst melt away.  Maybe for some this will require sitting in the chair all day, but either way, we all need to just settle down for a moment so we can reset our thinking a bit. Clearly in our modern age, just as in times past since the day in which Adam and Eve ate the proverbial apple, chaos is the order of the day.  Things are…

  • The Word and God the Father

    The creation of God is truly amazing. Not only did the Lord speak everything into existence, but He has chosen for creation to continually be replenished from generation to generation through birth, according to its kind. Who cannot marvel at the birth of a baby? Who can avoid the wonder at such a tiny creature who carries the same attributes of the first humans? Even more so, in addition to possessing the general traits that qualify it as human, God has ordained that it will also possess specific qualities of its mother and father. Eye color, hair, skin type, height (or the lack thereof) are all inherited traits according to…

  • O Lemuel…

    A Commentary from Proverbs 31 Word of Counsel from a Parent to a Child King What shall be said?  What shall be advised?  What shall be counseled?  To one with so much authority and responsibility, only the utmost highest of godly wisdom will suffice. Who shall speak it?  Who shall form the word of wisdom?  Surely a parent, an overseer of life shall be heard with clarity and respect.  Surely one who speaks from the position of commitment and covenant, the right has been earned to speak such noble thoughts to one who is held in such high regard; entrusted with the weight of authority. O Lemuel, how shall this…

  • Teetotalism: Part 1

    (Note – A few years ago, while on a trip down South to visit relatives, I began this article on the dangers of drink but didn’t find myself with enough time to complete what had been started.  Today, with the mounting pressures on Christians through the philosophies of the world and the lies of the Enemy, I felt it necessary to dig it up, do extensive editing,  and carve out the time required to complete my thoughts in the hopes that the fainthearted will be encouraged.)   A Biblically Biased View To be clear, all of us approach life and its issues with a certain amount of bias and experiential…