when patriotism becomes a problem

An idol is a glory cul de sac. Any thing, when properly understood and used, can become an avenue for bringing glory to our Creator. The things of the natural world can lead us to the worship of God, or as Paul reminds us in Romans 1, tainted by our sin they can become objects … Continue reading when patriotism becomes a problem

dear children, keep yourselves from idols

John ends his first letter abruptly. Almost as an afterthought, he adds a post script warning his readers about idols. The NIV encourages us to read this verse out of place by strangely choosing to isolate the last verse of the letter in its own very short paragraph. It gives the verse the appearance of … Continue reading dear children, keep yourselves from idols

proud to be an american

My wife and I went on a cruise this January to celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary six months late. It was terrific. But this post isn't about that. One of our favorite people that we met on the ship was a middle-aged woman named Victoria. Victoria's favorite thing about the ship was drinking too much … Continue reading proud to be an american