The principal reason that many men and women believe the world is growing worse is because of the influence of the media.
Failing media corporations are going after eyeballs and internet clicks. Because pessimism sells, television broadcasts emphasize conflict. With the inescapable pull of catastrophe, gatekeepers stress the negative. Many programming directors operate by the motto, “If it bleeds, it leads.”
Policymakers warn of global disasters, and the cultural architects fr...Read More
I’m confident you’ve come across this, but misperceptions occasionally rise over theological matters. A well-meaning colleague recently explained that the gospel is really about the future transformation of the cosmos. He asserted, “One day all that remains of creation will be upended in the glory of God.”
I recognized his position. Disappointments crush us and darkness remains. Undeniably, many splendid things will be revealed after Jesus’ second coming.
Yet, the gospel of the...Read More
A century ago, Professor George T.W. Patrick of the State University of Iowa claimed to have found an ancient inscription by King Naram Sin of Chaldea that was imprinted on stone.
It reportedly said, “We have fallen upon evil times, and the world has waxed very cold and wicked. Politics are very corrupt. Children are no longer respectful to their parents.”
The ancients believed that society was on the verge of collapse due to turmoil and the foolishness of the youth. They wer...Read More
People theorize about why sickness remains in their body. Several issues might be standing in the way of a breakthrough. But there’s one impediment that’s been more evident to me lately.
I've found that whenever there’s a lack of confidence in God, it invites stagnation and death.
I think Solomon was disclosing this truth when he affirmed the following: "Hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Proverbs 13:12).
This insightful declaration is about more than counter...Read More
Not every individual in the Old Testament was intimately acquainted with God. Although possessing great faith, some had limited insight into the Lord’s attributes and character.
Most of the ancient world was persuaded that God was retributive. The deities in that era were thought to be bloodthirsty despots. They believed that it took a pound of flesh to offset the mounting anger.
Nevertheless, there was a handful of people who truly knew the Heavenly Father. Their heartfelt enga...Read More
I don't think that people always understand the biblical idea of mission.
The Heavenly Father isn’t just affirming a mission—He is on mission. Jesus affirmed, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:21b).
The term Missio Dei is a Latin term meaning "the sending of God."
This idea of the Missio Dei is on display in the interrelationship of the Trinity. God the Father sends the Son, and God the Father and the Son sends the Spirit.
We kno...Read More