Stranger than Fiction

Imagine one day you realize you are a character in a story.  You thought your life was your own—that you could come and go as you please; that you had some sway over your future. But then, you begin to hear the voice of your author narrating you in the omniscient third person—explaining your actions, … Continue reading Stranger than Fiction

5 Principles for the Bible

It’s been called the “Monopoly of our Time.” Created by German board game maker Klaus Teuber, The Settlers of Catan has sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. It’s a deceptively simple game. Players compete to build the most successful colony on the fictional island of Catan. At the same time, the game is rigged … Continue reading 5 Principles for the Bible

Interpreting the Bible

Detective Columbo is one of my TV heroes. First impression, he seems like an Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther—out of his league, bumbling, clueless. On the contrary, Lt Columbo is a master sleuth. This is revealed at the end of each episode when Coloumbo tells the second story—the sequence of events that shows, beyond … Continue reading Interpreting the Bible

Take This Personal (Triune God)

You’re standing in a crowded walk-way. Someone comes up, looks right at you, pushes you aside, then walks past. You say to them, “Hey, I’m a person, not an object!” A person is a relating being—a living being who relates, connects, and holds conversation with other relating beings. It’s inappropriate to treat a person like … Continue reading Take This Personal (Triune God)

Why Baptize Infants

Let’s imagine you come from a Christian tradition that practices “believers baptism” over and against “infant baptism.” You might say to your baby-baptizing sister in Christ, “Why does your church baptize babies? Our church waits till they’re old enough to believe. We don’t think baptism saves—automatically. The Bible says we’re saved by faith, not some … Continue reading Why Baptize Infants

The Trouble with Trusting a Tyrant

In a military leadership class I took, we watched the movie Twelve O’Clock High. The story is situated in World War II and centered on the commander of a bomber group, Brigadier General Savage. After suffering heavy losses, the unit’s morale and discipline has plummeted. General Savage is sent in to turn them around. Like … Continue reading The Trouble with Trusting a Tyrant