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Worldviews? Meh! Let's talk History

It has become quite fashionable for believers to speak of having a "Christian worldview." For a time, not so many years ago, to have an opinion about a "Christian Worldview" (please note the quotes), was a badge that said, "I have a better philosophy than you." Soon more and more believers caught on to this little phrase and everyone began to repeat this like a magic password, "worldview," until it simple fell into cliche.

Now, the use of the word is so commonplace its significance has all but disappeared. This is especially true since more often than not, the person using the word is not really speaking about a worldview at all. Too often the idea of a "Christian worldview" is used to refer to a certain philosophy or a point of belief far removed from the central tenant of that person's foundational perspective on the world. Speakers and writers use the phrase to mean they hold to a high view of Scripture, or they believe in God&…

Jeremiah, the Temple, and Political History

Twenty-six centuries or so ago, the prophet Jeremiah walked into the temple in Jerusalem with a message from the Lord. That message was ignored then, just as it is being ignored today. This is evidenced by the fact many evangelical Christians in the USA have in recent decades focused their attention on the democratic political process and partisan agendas in an effort to “restore a Christian America,” or some similar goal. Those who would seek to protect their religious liberty, however, defend family values, or affect moral change in America through the political process would do well to listen to the prophet.

Jeremiah’s basic message centered on the coming judgment, an invasion by the Babylonians, because the people of Judah had broken the Covenant established centuries before by God with Israel through Moses. The curses of the Covenant (see Deuteronomy 28-29) were coming because the people of the Lord were unfaithful to Him as they lusted after idols. At one point in his prophetic…

Report on my teaching trip to Niger

In January, 2017, I had the privilege of traveling to Niamey the capital of Niger, where I taught an Old Testament class at École Supérieure Privée de Théologie (ESPriT), a Bible college with connections to SIM Niger. It was a tremendous two weeks of teaching and interacting with the students. Below is a video report on the trip. I am praying for more opportunities to teach, in French or English.