Chuck Colson, the orthodoxy of Watergate and the mercy of God
“Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.” — 2 Samuel 24:14
One of the most peaceful and joyous days of my life was spent in prison. This was back in 2006 and I was covering one of Chuck Colson’s (more…)
Hope for the Worthless Fellows
For my money, one of the most intriguing phrases in scripture is “worthless fellows” – it appears numerous times in the English Standard Version translation of the Bible. The Old Testament was filled with worthless fellows.
It was a rabble of “worthless fellows” from Gibeah whose act of gang rape led to civil war in Israel (more…)
The only safe place
“And the LORD shut him in.”
This particular sentence strikes me as one of the scariest in all of scripture. While righteous Noah built the Ark exactly as God commanded, and did everything else just as God commanded, we see that it was God, not Noah, who closed the deal. We have a kind of (more…)
Lars von Trier film ‘Melancholia’ is a cinematic total eclipse of the Christian worldview
To watch “Melancholia” — the new Kirsten Dunst movie from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier — is to take a long, hard gaze at what existence would be like if John 1:1-5 was utterly a lie.
Movies and modern culture in general don’t exactly affirm the preeminence of Christ or acknowledge His authorship of all (more…)
The Church is not the NFL, so why are some pastors confused?
Why would any Christian leader envy Jerry Jones?
The owner of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, Mr. Jones seems to be much on the minds of certain mega-church pastors these days. Just look at how the mere thought of the Cowboys’ new billion-dollar stadium fires up North Carolina’s Steven Furtick and adds an extra layer (more…)
Christian journalists should remember, they are never alone
If you are all alone in a sea of unbelievers, do you count it as joy and privilege?
This is a key question for many Christian journalists who feel very alone in their secular newsrooms, more so for journalists in countries or cultures marked by intolerance toward Christianity.
At one point in my career, I questioned whether (more…)
The Daily Joy: A Christian journalist wonders why he is so prone to overlooking the facts
As a big fan of the Dallas Mavericks, I am more or less guaranteed a good summer. The Mavs won their first-ever NBA championship this month. That is a good feeling for me, to say the least. I love the team, and the championship reminds me of everything I loved about living in Dallas for (more…)
Jesus Christ is the ultimate ‘reliable source’
Yesterday, we got a story pitch of sorts from the government. It had assembled some experts of its choosing on a particular subject and was offering us a chance to interview them. The government even provided us with suggested questions and said it would edit and produce a finished video clip for us, which it (more…)