“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sw ...[Read More]
You may have heard the old saw, “If you want to understand something try and change or reform it.” It’s true. You can never understand the intricacies and power of vested interests, tradition, inertia, fear and reluctance to adapt until you take on the challenge of changing an entrenched organization or a revered practice. Most people are not suited for the work of making change. They are en ...[Read More]
If you want well-written insight into the work of speechwriters and their behind-the-scenes influence, I would suggest Barton Swaim’s new book, “The Speechwriter.” Its soul-searching honesty about the conflicts, challenges and moments of both praise and despair are good reading. Some of our finest pundits, commentators and authors have served as speechwriters. I am thinking of Michael Gerson ...[Read More]
It wasn’t just a disagreement. It was a showdown that ended in both men, once fast friends, turning away from each other for the balance of their lives. They never see each other again because of their bitter feelings over a person Paul considered to be a deserter and virtual traitor while Barnabas not only defended him but fought to give him a second chance. Who was this young man causing t ...[Read More]
"The Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality has jolted many into realizing that we are no longer living in our own Promised Land but, perhaps, are headed into what Fuller Theological Seminary President Mark Labberton calls 'the exile of the evangelical church.'"