the “authority” of culture

An original version of this article was published on this site in July of 2015, following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. 

Our world is profoundly confused on matters of authority. The Church of Jesus Christ must not be. Jesus tells us, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31). Every true disciple of Jesus recognizes – and desires to submit to – the authority of Jesus. But to recognize the authority of Jesus (or Scripture), we must reject the “authority” of culture.

Here are three reasons why Scripture, not culture, must be our authority: (more…)

the painful joy of multiplication

Last week my youngest son’s Kindergarten Registration paperwork came in the mail. He was quite excited. His parents were not.

Certainly we are delighted that Carson is growing, healthy, and (almost) mature enough to spend his days at school. Certainly we are thankful that he has a great school to attend, one that is staffed by caring and devoted teachers and administrators. And certainly we are excited to see him take steps forward into maturity. But, if we are honest, those steps forward also seem to us like steps away from a season of life that we’ve loved. As a preschooler, our little man has brought us much joy. He is fun. We love the enthusiasm and boisterousness of his “little” years. Now he’s getting “big” – and that is a bittersweet reality, to say the least. (more…)

making the invisible visible

My daughter Elliot has fine blonde hair. Right now, it is quite long – and usually messy. When she goes to school or to church, her mom fixes it for her. But the rest of the time, she lets it go. It is always hanging down in her face or in her food.

Occasionally Elliot will take a balloon and rub it, hard and fast, against her shirt sleeve. Having done that, she’ll then take it and hold it beside her head, and all of her hair will immediately cling to that balloon. (more…)