If we want to keep Jesus as the reason for the season, then maybe it would be best if we dropped the gift-giving associated with Christmas. Years ago, I joined a very conservative Presbyterian church that in many ways was a blessing to me and helped to shape a lot of my understanding of what … Continue reading A Puritan Sort of Christmas
Part of the membership vows that we take—at least in my denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)—are to “support the Church in its worship and work” (Vow #4) and to “study its purity and peace” (Vow #5) and for that reason it is important to know what is going on in the denomination. Indeed, … Continue reading The 48th PCA General Assembly: A New Commissioner’s Readout
In ordinary conversations we talk about 2020 as a wild or crazy year; one could even crassly call it a “dumpster fire.” What is undeniable is that the scale, scope, and convergence of the problems we now face is well out of the ordinary. If we truly believe what we profess as Christians that God is sovereign and is actively involved in the affairs of mankind, then the conclusion is inescapable that these things coming to pass is a result of His will.
How are we to understand how God is working through this time of suffering and strife? If we cannot understand how God works in circumstances producing suffering--even without know why He is doing things--then it will be difficult to trust Him. In the end, platitudes cannot sustain us.
Some historical incidents are significant not so much for what happened in them but for how they shed light on the convergence of disparate trends of a given period. One such event is how the German public responded to Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on August 4, 1914 for violating Belgium’s neutrality.