This category contains short essays on a wide variety of topics centered on the questions: Is Christianity reasonable, and if so, What does living faithfully to Jesus' teachings look like in the 21st century?

Do-gooders

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. — Galatians 6:9-10, NIV We Boy Scouts are required to do a good ... Continue reading

Load limits

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28, NIV Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2, NIV When I was a brand new Boy Scout, my troop set off on an overnight camping trip that required a long ... Continue reading

Unsound minds

Dr. Mark Powell: I'd like to begin by asking you... if you know why you're here. Prot: Of course. You think I'm crazy. Powell: I prefer the term "ill". Do you think you are... ill? Prot: A little homesick, perhaps. Powell: Really? Where is home? Prot: K-PAX. Powell: K-PAX? Prot: ... K-PAX is ... Continue reading

Stress cracks

Long after the winter rains had disappeared and the ground had turned pale and dusty from baking in the desert sun, there was a spot not far from my house that remained dark and moist. Sinking the blade of my shovel into the earth, I discovered wet soil well below the surface. Not good news. I knew ... Continue reading

He saved others

 "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'" — Matthew 27:42-43, NIVA large crowd followed ... Continue reading

Against the tide

A new survey by Pew Research shows that more American adults now favor than oppose same-sex marriage, by a margin of 49% to 43%. In 2003 the same survey showed the opposite: 58% opposed vs. 33% in favor. Pew attributes the shift primarily to the coming of age of the Millennial generation — those ... Continue reading

Look up!

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the ... Continue reading

Naaman and pride

He would not grab the life ring offered him by a chum-soaked fisherman in a bunged up scow; if he must be rescued, he would wait to be helped aboard the lush, teak deck of a Scandinavian sloop, piloted by a sun-drenched blonde named Astrid. After all, even a drowning man has his pride. So he turned ... Continue reading