Tekenen aan zon, maan en sterren

Hebben de vier bloedrode manen een bijzondere betekenis voor Israël en voor de wereld?
 

Never Trust Faulty Thinking


If we could earn our salvation, Christ would not have died to provide it. ~Anne Cetas
(Romans 5:8)
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Een eervolle daad

Iran is een land om op je gebedslijst te zetten. Er gebeuren ingrijpende dingen.
 

God Working in You, and You Working to Follow God

The source of strength we call upon is not merely our own,...
 

Schuld en schaamte van een gevierd columnist

Onze held bleek een ‘gekweld wezen’, iemand die worstelde met mislukking, verslaving en schaamte.
 

Blood moons and confirmation bias

Posted on 04/22/14Talk of the End Times is in the news again. April 15 saw the first of four lunar eclipses within 18 months, a phenomenon astronomers call a tetrad. Based on Scripturalreferences to “blood moons” and the fact that these eclipses coincide with Jewish festivals, some Christians believe this points to a “world-shakin...
 

Pre-game prayers: worship, witness or showing off?

Posted on 04/21/14With the NBA playoffs underway, the Oklahoma City Thunder have garnered attention for more than their stellar play.As the New York Times reports, the pre-game ritual at Chesapeake Energy Arena includes a prayer of invocation. Although the team asks that the prayer be generic and nondenominational, some who offer the invocation...
 

Dode messias is geen messias

Reza Aslan: 'Ik zeg niet dat de islam meer waar is dan het christelijk geloof, maar de symboliek past beter bij me.'
 

Walking through Depression: God Is With You

I have known depression first-hand at different times in my life. Several years ago, for no apparent reason, a cloud of depression descended on me. Day after day, it was my constant companion. God used it in my life, teaching me to trust Him, and giving me some intimate times with Him. I studied the life of Charles Spurgeon who battled...
 

De kerk als Gamma-schuurtje

‘Stel je voor dat we helemaal opnieuw zouden beginnen met de kerk, hoe zou die kerk er dan uit zien?’
 

Een eigenwijze oude vrouw

Hebe Kohlbrugge staat te boek als kordaat, anti-autoritair, praktisch, weinig diplomatiek, verzetsvrouw en buitengewoon eigenwijs.
 

Sekse-neutrale opvoeding is culturele zelfmoord

Worden kinderen de dupe van het zoveelste doorgeschoten maakbaarheidideaal?
 

Ayahuasca and the high of Easter

Posted on 04/20/14In the jungles of Peru lies a concoction of vines and other plants that has caught the curiosity of spiritual seekers across the globe. The mixture, known as ayahuasca, is a hallucinogen that is consumed by drinking a thick sludge. Traditionally shamans are present to accompany the seeker in their quest for healing and...
 

Een nieuw soort christendom

Eenvoudig wandelen met God, dat houdt de kerk fris, dynamisch, tintelend.
 

Reputatie of genezing?

Zonde gaat nooit weg door het te verzwijgen.
 

Boze burgers

Goed beschouwd is er voor de meesten van ons weinig reden tot boosheid.
 

Stephen Colbert, David Letterman and the prophetic voice of comedy

Posted on 04/16/14I’m a fairly devoted Comedy Central “news” fan. Not that I watch every episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewartor The Colbert Report. But if there’s a big story, I want to hear their take on it. And, perhaps more telling, if I am feeling demoralized about the state of the news, I find that watching these...
 

Aangenaam uitje naar Bergen-Belsen

Ongelofelijk dat het toneelstuk 'Anne' wordt gecombineerd met een driegangenmenu.
 

G. K. Chesterton on the Resurrection

The physical resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of redemption—both for mankind and for the earth. Indeed, without Christ’s resurrection and what it means—an eternal future for fully restored human beings dwelling on a fully restored Earth—there is no Christianity.I love this quote from G. K. Chesterton’s T...
 

How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)

Posted on 04/19/14In ABC's new drama Resurrection, there is something more troubling than the bodily resurrections taking place in Arcadia, Mo. Even more disturbing are the long-buried secrets the resurrected have brought back with them.Every scene of the show, it seems, brings with it another bit of the past that almost everyone hoped was...
 

Lent’s reminder that we’re all wolves of Wall Street

Posted on 04/15/14When I was first introduced to the practice of Lent, I thought that six weeks of pre-Easter penance seemed a bit much. Why spend so much time thinking about and repenting for all of my sins? This week, however, Jordan Belfort - the real-life Wolf of Wall Street - taught me a lesson about the nature of sin and reminded me why...
 

A La Carte (April 18)

Here are a few Kindle deals for you: The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); From Glory to Golgotha by Donald MacLeod ($2.99); A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson ($3.99); Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine ($3.99). And don’t forget yesterday’s penny deals: The Work of Christ by R.C. Spro...
 

Tomorrow Forever: The Farewell Drifters’ transcendental pop prayer

Posted on 04/14/14The Farewell Drifters recently unveiled their label debut, Tomorrow Forever, a complicated bit of nuanced Americana music that simultaneously looks forward, backward, without and within for moments of true connection, honest intimacy and overarching purpose.I’ll admit to having little in the way of objectivity when it comes...
 

Heaven Is for Real, the Movie

The phenomenally popular book Heaven Is for Real—the bestselling evangelical book in the last ten years—has remained on the New York Times best-seller list after more than three years, with nearly 8 million copies sold. It’s also been translated into 25 languages and has now been made into a major movie by Sony Pictures,...
 

It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

The so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism back in September of 2012 when Smithsonian magazine declared that a papyrus fragment had been found which would “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship.” Well,...
 

Good Friday: when normcore went hardcore

Posted on 04/17/14I first noticed the stonewashed jeans returning to clothing stores this past February. While out for coffee with a friend I asked, “Are the ’90s making a fashion comeback?” I wasn’t too far off. Stonewashed jeans, plain white T-shirts, fleece jackets and non-brand name items were becoming the...
 

Ron DiCianni’s Reflections on the Resurrection

Artist Ron DiCianni is a good friend who I first met at the Christian Bookseller’s Convention (now called ICRS), probably twenty years ago. We have hung out a number of times over the years (these two pictures of us go back a ways!). We’ve done book signings together and walked the convention floors, just having a great time...
 

Missing Jesus

Now this is a sweet little book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I began reading Missing Jesus. The names Charles and Janet Morris were not ones I recognized immediately, though I had heard of their radio program HAVEN Today and think I may have been a guest once. What I found was a book that came like a cold cup of water on a...
 

Christian philosophy in 2014

Posted on 04/12/14A recent gathering of the Society of Christian Philosophers was both a look back and a look forward. Alvin Plantinga was on hand to revisit his 1984 essay, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” while other presenters debated how that advice should be understood today. What is Christian philosophy, and what are its...
 

A La Carte (April 17)

Here are some excellent Easter-related books: The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord by R.A. Finlayson ($2.99); 14 Words From Jesus by James Boice & Philip Ryken ($2.99); The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul ($3.99); The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul ($0.01); Old Story New by Marty Machowski ($0.01); Saved Without a Doubt by John...