Revealed with Fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)


  If you can’t see today’s video, click here. On October 27, 1993, a devastating wildfire ripped through Laguna Beach, California, destroying 366 homes and burning 17,000 acres. In one hillside neighborhood, all the houses burned to the ground, except for the home of To Bui and Doris Bender. I remember reading the Los Angeles Times in the days after the fire and seeing a picture of their home, which the Times dubbed a “miracle house.” There was nothing miraculous about the house’s survival. Bui was a contractor. When he built the house, he built it with safety in mind. … Continue reading Revealed with Fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

Pay Attention to the Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)


  If you can’t view today’s video, click here. My wife and I recently purchased our first home. During escrow, an inspector crawled under the house, looked through every nook and cranny, and climbed into the attic to see if the house had any problems that needed to be fixed. There were very few, but one caught my attention: there was a crack in the foundation. In Missouri, houses are built on raised foundations rather than slabs, so it’s pretty easy to spot a crack. I asked the inspector whether the crack was something to worry about. “No,” he said, … Continue reading Pay Attention to the Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

Ask the Superintendent (March 25, 2010)


This past Thursday, in his monthly online Q&A, my father fielded questions from Assemblies of God ministers about Easter apologetics, dealing publicly with criticism from parishioners, and the controversy over Tony Jones’ recent address to the Society for Pentecostal Studies, among other topics. If you can’t view this video, click here. Continue reading Ask the Superintendent (March 25, 2010)

Planting, Watering and Growing (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)


    If you can’t view today’s Daily Word video, click here. Christians have a tendency to put their leaders on pedestals and then bemoan the fact that they have feet of clay. We see this tendency at work in Corinth, where many Christians idolized Apollos but scrutinized Paul. In Apollos, they saw only fine points; in Paul, only flaws. In 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, Paul corrected the Corinthian tendency by portraying both Apollos and himself in the proper perspective. What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe — as the Lord … Continue reading Planting, Watering and Growing (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

Obamanomics


Timothy P. Carney, Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses (Washington DC: Regnery 2009). $27.95, 292 pages. One of the most tired clichés in American political discourse is that Republicans are shills for Big Business while Democrats are tireless advocates for the Average Person. The healthcare legislation President Obama recently signed into law proves the falsity of that cliché, for the legislation is a federal mandate requiring the Average Person to buy health insurance from – ahem – Big Insurance, one of the larger subsets of Big Business. In … Continue reading Obamanomics

The Forest and the Trees (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)


  If you can’t view today’s Daily Word video, click here. Sometimes, when you’re reading Scripture, it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees. Over the past few Daily Words, we’ve studied 1 Corinthians 1-2 a few verses at a time. We’ve looked at leaves, branches, and trunks pretty closely. Now it’s time to zoom up to 10,000 feet and remind ourselves of the shape of the forest. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-4:21, Paul refutes the Corinthians’ misguided spirituality, which was dividing their church. The division appeared to be about leaders (1:10-17). But in reality, it was about the heart … Continue reading The Forest and the Trees (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)

The Male Brain


Louann Brizendine, M.D., The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think (New York: Broadway, 2010). $24.99, 262 pages. When I told my wife I was reading The Male Brain, she laughed, “That’s a short book.” Others have joked about the anatomical location of the male brain. But in the companion volume to The Female Brain, Dr. Louann Brizendine demonstrates that the male brain is not simple, even if its thinking processes are closely tied to sex. The book is a real eye-opener into the current scientific understanding of how the male brain works, how it is … Continue reading The Male Brain

Psychics, Pneumatics and Sarkics (1 Corinthians 2:10-13)


  If you can’t view today’s video, click here. My father doesn’t like the word spiritual. He calls it a “whoo whoo” word and thinks it’s often used to mask deep irrationality, pride, and un-Christlikeness. He has a point. The Corinthians described themselves as “spiritual,” and they were a hot mess. In the long history of the church, people have often appropriated the argot of spirituality as a means of distinguishing themselves from and then demeaning other Christians. First Corinthians 2:14-16, along with 3:1, has provided many with their lexicon of spiritual distinction. The man without the Spirit does not … Continue reading Psychics, Pneumatics and Sarkics (1 Corinthians 2:10-13)