Author: Anthony Burgess Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1962 Commentary Anthony Burgess discusses the idea of good vs. evil in his novel A Clockwork Orange. The question I believe summarizes the whole novel is this: “Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?” (p. 106). […]Read More A Clockwork Orange: A Question of Good and Evil
For the past several weeks, I’ve been exchanging emails with a mother of several teenagers—let’s call her Tina—as she’s been going through a messy divorce. She came across an article I wrote for Geeks Under Grace on Christian love and felt she could contact me and help give her comfort and guidance on how to […]Read More Heartland, Florida: A Theology of the Cross
Matthew 25:34-36, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed […]Read More God Present In and Through Us
Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. The Lord’s definition of joy and peace differs from the world’s definition. For the world, joy and peace come through emotions and experiences. To them, peace […]Read More Joy & Peace in the Gospel
Habakkuk 1:11, “Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!” These are the ways of the ungodly. To them, God’s favour is material fortune; to have misfortune is to lack God’s favour. Such are the wicked teachings of evil men, such as Joel Osteen, that blasphemous […]Read More Idolatry of the Self
Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These are the words proclaimed at the close of the pastor’s sermon. The peace of God is not what human reason surmises—namely, the cessation of evil. This is not what the text says; it says […]Read More The Peace of God
I woke up this morning to Facebook posts about the 50+ people dead and the 200+ people injured in Las Vegas with pleas of, “Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.” Eager to know what in the world happened, I opened the Fox News app on my iPhone and read the details of […]Read More Proclaiming the Gospel in the Wake of the Las Vegas Massacre (October 2017)
Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and we peaceably gathered with our congregations to remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King of Israel, to celebrate His Kingship today, and worship Him as the Prince of Peace. Yet it wasn’t peaceful for every Christian yesterday. In Egypt, two churches were attacked by suicide bombers for doing what we […]Read More How Can We Have Peace in the Midst of Evil?
Before I start, let me first make it irrevocably clear that the point of this article is not to push forward any political agenda. I am not going to be using Scripture to support the Republican side for gun rights or the Democrat side for no gun rights. (Full disclosure: I support Americans’ 2nd Amendment […]Read More Does Jesus Advocate Gun Rights?
John 12:9-11, When the large crowd of the Jews learnt that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews […]Read More Killing Lazarus