A Special Note to the Sojourners Crowd

From First Thoughts

Well, we’ve had our discussions about budgets as moral documents and now have reached a budget deal that went right up to the brink of a government shutdown.To those friends of mine who are also Christians, but identify more with the left than the right, I have a question for you:  Just . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Marriage Complete You?

From First Thoughts

I recently attended a film festival at Union University featuring the work of students.  One of the first films shown was a thirty minute story about a young couple.The plot was simple and touching.  A young man expresses his romantic interest in a waitress at a diner.  They fall in . . . . Continue Reading »

The Ars Moriendi and Moral Thinking

From First Thoughts

I have been reading Rob Moll’s excellent Intervarsity Press book The Art of Dying.  One of Moll’s key points is that we know we will die and in order to do so well, we need to have thought about it ahead of time.  He doesn’t mean that we should obsess about death, . . . . Continue Reading »

Unbroken

From First Thoughts

When my mother called me on the phone to tell me about a book she’d recently read, I listened with some interest, but begged her not to send it along.  She is the type of person who will immediately run to the post office or to UPS to ship a book or anything else that is not nailed down . . . . Continue Reading »

A Useful Idea for Commenters to Consider

From First Thoughts

When we gather together as Christians, we let our guard down.  We expect that people will be honest about who they are and their motives.  We tend not to stop to consider that someone may be engaging in the discussion in bad faith.  What if, for example, someone was offering comments . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem?

From First Thoughts

My fellow Evangel blogger John Mark Reynolds has a piece up at the Washington Post On Faith blog about Mormonism and the challenges its practitioners face in the political arena.  In the post, he notes that the LDS church upholds many virtues that are beneficial to the republic, while its . . . . Continue Reading »

“Here Am I. Send Someone Else.”

From First Thoughts

I have to give credit to my pastor, Ben Mandrell of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, for this title and idea.  He plans to preach the sermon next week, but he couldn’t help but give a preview in the form of a few examples.  Here are some approximations of what he . . . . Continue Reading »