There are few bigger failures in the New Testament than Peter. On the other hand, he’s one of the greatest success stories in Scripture. He went from denying he knew Jesus to preaching at Pentecost in a matter of days.
Last week I had the wonderful privilege of talking with a group of students who are part of an mutlifaith fellowship at a university in the northeast. Their leader, a friend I’ve known for several years, reached out to plan the conference call. The only problem was that I was teaching a class at Cedarville during the time they requested, so we just allowed my class to listen in. It was a lot of fun.
Imagine Satan walking down your street asking for favors. Well, on October 31st, it’s not that hard to do. But actually it is. That kid with horns, a pitchfork, and a long red tail doesn’t really present the kind of demonic temptation we find in the Bible. Go ahead and give the kid candy, but he really should find a better role model for choosing a costume. Good grief.
Luther didn’t mince words. He was ticked. He found the theological illiteracy of the people sickening. He blamed the pastors. And so he wrote a short instructional guide for them to begin discipling the simple and the young. He launched the Reformation. Now he was launching local church youth ministry.
Jonah was a self-absorbed prophet. Maybe that’s why his story is so timely. We can all get more focused on our stuff than on the salvation of others. God help us.
Evangelicals can be guilty of aiming their public witness in the wrong direction. Some might think the primary target for evangelical political engagement is Spock, the character from Star Trek, who is a middle-aged, highly educated, white male who operates purely according to reason and lives in outer space.
Who would have thought there would be a parallel between Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and the philosopher Plato’s teaching on the human soul. In the Oz story, Dorothy leads the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, to find what they most desperately desire. These characters all closely resemble what Plato considered to be the tripartite (three parts) of the human soul. Let me explain what I mean and why reflection on this might help you better think about your own humanity.
The following video is from an event hosted by Cedarville University’s Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. We called it “Socrates in the Cornfields.” Me, and our two philosophers on campus, J.R. Gilhooly and Josh Kira, talk philosophy and theology.
I‘ve always loved philosophy, even as a teenager. I’ve always been intrigued by people who take the time to think deeply about what they believe and carefully about how to articulate it. But like Justin Martyr, I recognize that the philosophers pale in comparison to the prophets.