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N Is for Nazareth

Christians around the world are changing their social media avatars to the arabic letter “n.” In so doing, these Christians are reminding others around them to pray, and to stand in solidarity with believers in Iraq who are being driven from their homes, and from their country, by Islamic militants. The Arabic letter comes from the mark the ISIS militants are placing on the homes of known Christians. “N” is

What is the Kingdom of God?

Recently, I sat down with the team at Ministry Grid to talk about the kingdom of God. This is an issue that may feel distant or abstract to Christians in the United States, as we have no king ruling over our government. But the kingdom of God is the central defining theme of Scripture and the end toward which God is moving all of history. In this video below, I

The Road to Jericho and the Border Crisis

America’s southern border is engulfed in a humanitarian crisis, as refugees fleeing violence in central America, many of them unaccompanied children, seek safety. As Christians, we must recognize both the complexity of this situation and what it means to be people of justice and mercy. I say that the situation is complex because some Christians would like a simple fix. Some would, it seems, like to hear that some organized

Christian Eschatology and The Planet of the Apes

As the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being released in theaters today, I’m reminded of a few years ago when I launched a new semester of my Doctrine of the Last Things class with the showing of a clip from the original film, Planet of the Apes. The clip my students watched was in the closing moments of the 1968 film, as Charlton Heston is fleeing a civilization

Independence and The Empty Tomb

A few years ago, I stood at the grave of Thomas Jefferson, and wondered. Standing at his grave, I was prompted to give thanks for his life and legacy. But it also reminded me how limited even his legacy can be in the grand scheme of trillions of years of cosmic time.