The biographies of pioneering missionaries, or puritans resisting the English kings, or reformers facing heresy trials, or other heroes of the faith often impress us with great displays of trust in God. These heroes proclaimed the gospel to people about to kill them for it, preached when they’d be thrown in jail for doing so, and relied constantly on God for provision. Perhaps we see great trust as well in fellow church members—those fighting cancer, those with very sick family members, those who end up in severe financial trouble, those who go through great trouble with unbelieving family, and others. While many people go through various difficult trials and have to rely on God, some Christians experience mostly good providences to us, and that their “trials”—finals weeks and annoying people at work—hardly count. How then can such a person trust God? Continue reading “Trusting God When Life is Easy”
Some of the easiest and most common humor in our world is based on bodily functions, particularly excretion. To a lesser and milder extent, these same jokes are common in the conversations of Christians, even educated evangelicals. A common justification for these is the seemingly graphic nature of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament in the Law and histories, when discussing these sorts of topics. However, these might not actually be connected to the issue of determining appropriate humor. Looking at a couple passages will show that this is not crudeness, but actually direct glorification of God. Continue reading “Toward a Theology of the Restroom”
One of the core struggles of the Christian life is the tension between living in the world and being profoundly different from it. According to the Bible, we are in the world, but not of the world. We were once proud of and defined by worldly things and accomplishments, but now we count them all as loss in exchange for Christ. We understand that we are citizens of heaven, merely pilgrims passing through this present world. We know we need to lay aside what lies behind and press on to the goal—Jesus Christ. But in practice Christians usually fall short. Continue reading “Is Worldliness Really Such a Big Deal?”
No. It’s not. Why do I have to talk about this?
There’s a white supremacist who’s been in the news named Richard Spencer. He famously gave a speech at a conference in Washington, D.C. last November which he started with a Nazi salute and the proclamation, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” It goes without saying that he’s an evil guy. Not only is he evil, but he holds a particularly evil viewpoint, not so much because God is more offended by some evil viewpoints than others so much as because his particularly viewpoint has dangerous consequences on other people. Furthermore, Naziism and racism are the two most vehemently hated evils in modern America. Continue reading “Is It Moral to Sucker Punch a Nazi?”
Disclaimer: These are Grant’s political views, not necessarily Chris’s or Calvin’s. They’re welcome to write their own posts. Continue reading “Election 2016: It’s the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine”
We’ve all seen them. Listicles are articles that are just lists of short bullet points, usually with pictures. And they’ve even made their way to the Christian blogosphere! Like this one, and this one, and worst of all this one. But this medium must DIE!
Here’s a listicle of 8 reasons why that’s the case: Continue reading “8 Reasons Christian Listicles Must DIE!”
Calvin, Chris, and I had a casual conversation that we recorded for your enjoyment. Highlights:
- Various life updates
- Chris’s thoughts on the church’s response to current racial tensions
- Calvin’s thoughts on abortion and a future post
- Grant’s outro reminding us this may be the only episode ever of the Citizens&Sons Show