A Deeper Debate over Drums in Church

Native Christians still wrestle with how their culture fits into their churches. More than 20 years ago, Mohawk musician Jonathan Maracle says, God told him to use his drum—an instrument used in traditional religious ceremonies—while playing at a conference for First Nation Christians. The ensuing performance spawned his music ministry, Broken Walls. And it also… Continue reading A Deeper Debate over Drums in Church

Answering Questions about Empiricism as Foundational: Our Rational Nature

I wrote a piece recently entitled “Empiricism as Foundational” to which See Noevo, when prompted, finally actually said something of substance, and asked some questions and made some points. I would like to deal with them in this post. He stated: I’ll try a comment. Perhaps my much younger 61 year old mind, which broke… Continue reading Answering Questions about Empiricism as Foundational: Our Rational Nature

I’m a Rare Breed: An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith

Why I follow Jesus publicly, even when people warn that my career will suffer. On the small planet where elite chess players dwell, very few people worship Jesus Christ. If anyone discovers that you’re one of those “superstitious,” “narrow-minded idiots,” you’re likely to see nasty comments accumulate on your Facebook fan page. On a regular… Continue reading I’m a Rare Breed: An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith

Commentary: It’s Not Only Bullies Who Boast

We’re too quick to ignore one of Paul’s most persistent warnings. This is a good year to think about boasting. That’s true for at least three reasons. Trivially, because American public discourse involves an unusual amount of boasting. (We’ll fix health care for good, or crush ISIS, or “make America great again.”) Historically, because this… Continue reading Commentary: It’s Not Only Bullies Who Boast