Author: Ian

God, Stella, and Irma

In 1992 Stella Liebeck pulled through a McDonalds drive-through for a hot cup of coffee worth 2.9 million dollars. After spilling the coffee (which was served at the recommended temperature of 185 degrees fahrenheit) on her hand, she went to court. She had a good lawyer who documented 700 cases of burns at McDonalds over a ten year period (with “millions served daily”). She had a sympathetic jury who found her only “20 percent at fault.” Stella became a household legend as a result, epitomizing a growing American mentality, “It’s somebody else’s fault.” Can you legitimately blame a gunsmith...

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The Many Faces of Christian Legalism

The apostle Paul did not deal kindly with enemies of the gospel. He had risked life and limb to proclaim the gospel throughout the Near East. He faced extreme opposition, both religiously by the Jews and politically by the Romans and their allies. But nothing angered Paul more than a new enemy that cropped up within the fledgling church: legalism. Paul dedicated his epistle to the Galatians to exposing and defeating legalism and spared no words in denouncing it. In Galatians 1 he immediately identifies it as a “different gospel” and calls those who propagate it “accursed.” Paul describes...

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Christians Should Boycott Outrage

You’ve seen it a hundred times if you’ve seen it once. A company makes a public statement identifying with a liberal cause or promoting an unbiblical lifestyle. Christians react loudly on social media and #BoycottCompany posts and petitions start flying. Why do we respond that way? What do we hope to accomplish? The Arm of the Flesh I’m afraid the answer, pure and simple, is that many Christians tend to view themselves as just another special interest group vying for cultural power in our fragmented society. We want Disney to accommodate us, rather than accommodating other special interest groups. When...

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A Prayer For Racial Restoration

The events of the last few days have been heartbreaking. I’m grieving for the senseless loss of the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers. I’ve watched the videos, and I’m horrified by the events that have transpired. Still those on both sides must exercise restraint. We don’t have all of the details yet. We must insist on justice, but we must do so through peaceful and lawful means. Reacting with anger and hatred will only add fuel to the fire. We are already experiencing a vicious cycle of racial tension exacerbated by an epidemic...

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The Ark Encounter: A Timber Frame Testimonial

Recently, while helping with my church’s Ocean Commotion VBS, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be Noah, building the ark for 120 years.  Genesis 6 records: The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually . . .  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God’s grace to Noah was in giving him knowledge of the coming disaster so that he could prepare for it. But preparing for a disaster while everyone else is having...

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