Yet Another Valentine’s Day Blog…

Little is reliably known about St. Valentine. Legend has it that he was a Christian priest during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius who was martyred for his witness. Another tale says that he secretly married Christian couples to keep husbands from being conscripted into military service. Thus the “romantic” aspect of Valentine’s story…

In our culture, Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love.

Christians often minimize romantic attraction as superficial and fleeting, but the proper meaning of “romance” refers Continue reading “Yet Another Valentine’s Day Blog…”

My Christmas Acrostic

Have you ever done that icebreaker activity where you take each letter of your first name and find another word that starts with that letter to describe yourself? Yes, it’s a little silly– but it’s also fun and revealing.

What words would you assign to each letter in C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s?

Here’s my “Christmas Acrostic”—filled with verses that remind me to live in response to God’s Christmas gift every day of the year: Continue reading “My Christmas Acrostic”

Since You Asked…A Short Overview About God’s Justice and Judgment

One of the most common objections to the Christian faith can be summed up in this question: “How can I believe in a loving God who would send otherwise good people to hell?”


This is a legitimate question. I have been pondering this for the better part of 40 years and hope that I can offer a clear, biblical, and compassionate response. This is an issue about God’s law and his justice; so let me begin with some legal comments.


In a legal proceeding, a judge or jury renders a verdict of guilt or innocence based on applying the law to the facts of the case. If the defendant is found guilty, the court moves to the penalty phase of the proceeding where the defendant is sentenced to punishment proportionate to the offense. Continue reading “Since You Asked…A Short Overview About God’s Justice and Judgment”