How should we respond to Ted Cruz’s call to fight for America?

While considering the question posed above the other day, I found myself quoting out of the book of Hebrews, verse 13:14:

Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

As an American, I’m a citizen of a temporal nation in the midst of great cultural shifts away from its deistic moorings. I can acknowledge that well enough. But I am slow to agree with some quasi-historical narrative about America’s forsaken destiny as a Christian nation (was the writer of Hebrews hinting that such a thing can’t even exist?). If we have here no lasting Christian city (nation), we must be here as ambassadors of a different sort of kingdom. We should stop pledging ourselves most passionately to building a Christian nation when God is far more passionate about building from all nations his church–Christ’s visible body.

So on the other side of a couple thousand years, junior senator Ted Cruz launches his bid for president within the embrace of the largest Christian university in the world. I have to tread very slowly here. I can stumble into making some sharp comments about how events and narratives like these convey the faith to the watching world. Give me grace, God. Continue reading How should we respond to Ted Cruz’s call to fight for America?

Visiting Westminster (in Philly) tomorrow

Jennifer and I hit the road (only for about an hour and a half) tomorrow morning to visit Westminster Theological Seminary. We’re remaining prayerful about whether, in the coming years, that might be a place for me–for us–to further train in the things of ministry.

Therefore, I’m getting familiar with the Westminster Confession of Faith, which seems to be a pretty big deal with these folks. Hehe. But of course!

I pause at Chapter I, Article VII:

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

How true that is. God’s ways and wisdom are broad enough to keep the masters pontificating for ages, yet the necessary things are near enough to keep the needy ones, the weak ones, the simple ones–ones like us, you know?–trusting, singing, resting, and walking for a lifetime.

To Christian couples delaying marriage and planning vacations

The purpose of this post is to offer a word of caution toward a trend we have noticed in young Christian couples. It comes from a place of confessed weakness, and lived experience. It is for that reason we ask to be heard.

When we decided to get married, Jennifer had one more year left of college, that, for all intents and purposes, we would pay for out of pocket. On top of that, Levi was an English major without a concrete job prospect. At ages 20 and 21, we were thought by many to be too young to make such an important decision. It was, however, a decision that likely saved our relationship. Continue reading To Christian couples delaying marriage and planning vacations

Day off together

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A snow day off from work. The concept itself is an index of life being far better than it really needs to be. We happen to be in a particular place and time where snow allows us pause and reprieve, when at so many other times, or right now in so many other places, there would be no rest for the weary, no matter how bad the weather. We give thanks.

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