The Integration of Faith in the Arts

One of the world’s most renown Christian apologists, Ravi Zacharias, 74, died May 19 of this year. At the age of 17, Zacharias tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. He said that the words of Jesus to Thomas recorded in John 14:19 rescued him: “Because I live, you also will live.” The young man gave his...

Social Distancing Redeemed as Sabbath

I recently saw—and shared—a meme that said, “Public health officials are strongly advocating for ‘social distancing’ or as Enneagram 5s call it, ‘relationships.’” I, as an Enneagram 5, thought it was hilarious, but I realize that for more extroverted people, this time of social distancing that COVID-19 gave us is a more difficult social adaptation. Regardless of...

What the Burning of Notre Dame Says About the American Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April 2019. The burning revealed neglect, rot, and decay both by the French society and the Catholic Church. The American church is experiencing the same revelation of neglect, rot, and decay. The world watched in disbelief as the Cathedral of Notre Dame engulfed in flames. Regardless of your...

Shelter in Grace

My social media feed blew up in the last couple of weeks with people arguing for and against holding public worship services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. At the time, I was a bit surprised, unaware of the controversy that was brewing. Shortly after that, two pastors received national attention for violating stay-at-home orders by...

Faith and Grief

Philip Yancey in his book Disappointment With God suggests that there are two types of faith when we are faced with the difficulties of life. Grief triggered by life circumstances and loss sometimes requires childlike faith, a faith that manifests in time of crisis as God feeling unusually close, giving us an almost surreal intimacy with Him as we...

The World Needs Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amid the massive upheaval that the Coronavirus is causing, it can be difficult not to fall prey to the fear that is so quickly engulfing the world. But I believe this is a key time for the people of God to walk in the powerful reality of the love and peace that only God can give. While...

Priestly Parenting

For the past 20 years, I’ve been on a pursuit to find out how to raise godly children, and for good reason—I have six of them! One of the most fundamental things I’ve learned is it’s no one else’s job to raise my children, but it’s mine as their parent.  I was a youth...

Guns and Gun Control Are Not Enough

Recently we were all heartbroken with the news of yet another shooting in a place that should have been safe. For us in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, it was close to home. It was not the first time that an attack has been made on a house of worship. It doesn’t seem to be the last, nor...

Do Ethics Matter?

Recently, a journalism professional who works in a developing country asked me why ethics matter, especially where government is repressive and people treat their profession as a job rather than a vocation. In other words, if journalists are going to behave irresponsibly either because of fear of repression or out of a quest for material benefit, then...

Do I Really Need to Take Another Test About Myself?

Taking the enneagram seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. In just one week, I had several people ask, “do you know your enneagram number?” “Why, I didn’t even know I was supposed to have an enneagram number!” I replied. Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, I found an assessment recommended to me by...