Behind “Nephilim”

*My first novel, “Nephilim,” will be out later this year. Updates available at The Bible does not describe a merely material world. It depicts a creation afflicted by the moral failure of Adam and Eve in Eden, humans who house evil spirits that Jesus can expel, and “sons of God” who interact with God... Continue Reading →

The Christian Rift of the Last Few Years

A rift has been felt within Biblical/conservative/evangelical Christianity the last 5-6 years. Brothers and sisters, pastors and theologians and public Christian voices, have felt a gap where 8 or 10 years ago there wasn't one. In many cases these people subscribe to the same confessional statements (Westminster Confession of Faith, Baptist Faith & Message, Apostle's... Continue Reading →

Debut Novel

My first novel should be coming out later this year from Stone Table Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock. Details to come on my new site, “I WAS HERE WHEN THE WORLD WAS WET…” On a summer morning in 1892, the Massachusetts village of Sunbury awakes to find two newly buried bodies unearthed... Continue Reading →

Parenting and Standards

One of the wars I'll have to wage until the Lord calls me home is against a cold, rigorous, contemptuous sort of legalism that the sinful parts of my old heart want to employ in parenting. I want to have standards and then maintain a clear sense of discontent when those standards are not met.... Continue Reading →

Good Friday

My sin weighs enough to sink me to Hell. It is thick with my childhood disobedience to parents, my years of lies to fit in in elementary school and middle school and high school, a decade of lust indulged and savored and treated like a secret pet. It has pound after pound after pound of... Continue Reading →

Christ and Demons

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?... Continue Reading →

Our Daughters and Eve

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in... Continue Reading →

On the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Let's start with what we're confident about. Ukraine is a nation. Russia is a nation. Russia sent armed troops into Ukraine. Is there ever a good reason for those three things to be true at the same time? Certainly. If Nation A had sent missiles into Nation B, Nation B would have a moral case... Continue Reading →

The Story They’re In

Children see themselves in stories. All people do, but the thing that makes this something to be accounted for especially in children is that the stories haven't hardened yet. Kids are still putting together their assumptions about what the world is and what they are in it. A child watches his parents, his grandparents, his... Continue Reading →

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