Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (U.S.), preached the sermon. A local Pentecostal pastor mentioned Bishop Curry in the pulpit yesterday morning. He got one thing wrong. Yes, Curry isn’t…

Definition of Jihad - to war against non-Muslims

Jihad: Defending the Community

“Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” – Luke 9:54 (NKJV)[1] In Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (2009), Tamim Ansary explains that Mohammed never told “Muslims to eschew violence” (29). They were expected to fight “the relentless outside threat to their…

Detail from Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam' in the Sistine Chapel

What is Man?

“What is man, that you are mindful of him?” – Psalm 8:4 (NKJV)[1] David was thinking about the heavens, the work of God’s hands, when he asked this question (Psalm 8:3). We must ask ourselves “what is man” today. When was the last time we looked up? “Since the creation of the world,” God’s “invisible…

Red ichthus

Fish Tales

The fish is supposedly a Christian symbol. Jesus Christ called his earliest disciples when he said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; cf Mark 1:17).[1] Jesus told the Pharisees, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it but the…

Pagan altar with pine cone candle

Nature: Savior or Terror?

Something new appeared at church this past Sunday. Instead of a pyramid or pillars on the lyrics screen, I saw a pine tree with pine cones and some floating suns. At first, I liked the nature scene. It exuded tranquility, a welcome change. Then I realized that I was staring at an evergreen. Doesn’t this…

Donald Trump in front of American flag

The Powers that Be

Two thousand years ago in Jerusalem, Jesus Christ told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).[1] Didn’t he have a right to resist tyranny? Jesus was about to be crucified. Instead, “when he was reviled,” he “reviled not again. When he suffered, he threatened not but committed himself to him that…

Islam and politics

Political Islam

Political Islam in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”: sounds scary, doesn’t it? Obeying Sharia law in courts, observing Ramadan in school, banning pork in supermarkets and restaurants: what else is possible? Well, guess what? American Christians who ridicule political Islam are ignorant hypocrites! The Islamic caliphate is little different…

Heresy: Michael Gungor

I did not think innovation was possible in musical concerts until I saw the Christian rock band Gungor in 2011. Most artists just appear on stage, either alone or with their bands, and play some songs – first fast, then medium, and finally slow. They think the purpose is to create an atmosphere for worship. Although…

Abortion: A Culture of Death

Have pro-lifers taken a serious look at how abortion is portrayed in pop culture – television, films, music, etc? It’s not rampant like homosexuality and gay marriage, which really started with Will and Grace (1998-2006), but abortion still crops up. I don’t think we can combat this moral issue at the cultural level unless we analyze…