The Character of Jesus

From First Thoughts

I have been leading a study of John’s Gospel at church. Something interesting occurred to me yesterday as we went through the fourth chapter.Nicodemus, who is described as a Jewish ruler, comes to see Jesus. The gentile official, who hopes for his son to be healed, comes to see Jesus.The woman . . . . Continue Reading »

The Secret of Appreciating Church

From First Thoughts

Like the vast majority of southern kids during the 1970?s and 80?s, I went to church from time to time. My parents took us to an Episcopal church for several years and then sporadically attended Baptist churches after that. For the most part, I was bored. The one outlier was a Sunday school class in . . . . Continue Reading »

Roethlisberger and the Rules

From First Thoughts

If you really want to have your sensibilities twisted up in a knot, try listening to sports talk radio when the topic of discussion is some player’s malfeasance. The current version of that particular play has to do with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s treatment of a . . . . Continue Reading »

Bentham on Law and Morality

From First Thoughts

Let a student announce that law and morality are separate things and that morality can’t be legislated. Many heads will dutifully bob up and down expressing agreement.  Bumper sticker philosophy rules. Normally, one would resort to some great Christian master or other purveyor of natural . . . . Continue Reading »

Listening to a Cardinal . . .

From First Thoughts

Yesterday at HBU we hosted Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as our guest for convocation. Our director for the school of theology, David Capes, suggested the event after having heard the cardinal speak on a prior occasion. I honestly had no idea what to expect.Cardinal DiNardo asked about any themes we might . . . . Continue Reading »

Anti-Secularization at Erskine College

From First Thoughts

Though this news story from South Carolina doesn’t seem to approve of the recent action of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church to remove Erskine College’s current board of trustees, I suspect it may be a healthy development.  A big part of the reason for the secularization of . . . . Continue Reading »