A loud thump, followed by laughter and more loud thumps, reverberated from upstairs.
I ran upstairs to discover my young boys having a battle and throwing things at each other. “I thought I told you to get ready for bed!” I scolded, as they stifled laughter. It was like the scene in What About Bob? when Dr. Leo Marvin catches his patient Bob Wiley and his son Siggy jumping on the beds and shouts, “All’s I want is some peace and quiet!” Giggling, Bob says, “Okay, I’ll be quiet,” and Si
Let’s talk about prayer. I mean, prayer changes things, right? After all, that’s what prayer is. We present our requests to God and he responds. God answers prayer. We’ve known this since Sunday school. But it also raises some sticky questions. Like, does God change his mind? If God responds to prayer, does that mean […]
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In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas hit on their favorite subjects – Evangelical controversies and conferences. Barnabas gives a recap of two of the weirdest Christian conferences Why do Christians insist on being the best marketing vehicle for things they hate . . . like The Shack? Is it really a big deal that there is, apparently, a gay character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie? And how is that any different than the cartoon?
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I recently read Brennan Manning’s classic work on God’s profound love and grace, The Ragamuffin Gospel. I’d known of the book for years, but it took dozens of recommendations before I bought and read it. Part of me wished I had done so earlier and part of me is grateful I encountered this beautiful book when I did. It is rare or me to read a book that makes me love Jesus and feel loved by Jesus more. This one did, page after page, relentlessly. It is magnificent in it
We have four kids. They are in 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, kindergarten. There was a time in my life when I was convinced we would homeschool, and that time was long before we had said children. The existence of actual real-life children who would need to learn how to read and use their […]
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What does it mean to fear God? Consider the words of Psalm 147:10-11
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (Ps 147:10-11)
I have a friend whose describes his grandfather as a cantankerous old man who would sit in his chair all day and thwack him and his cousins with his cane anytime they walked in front of him. Is this what God is
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Calvinist”? A grumpy, cold-hearted person who only wants a select few people to get into heaven? An annoying guy who won’t stop rambling on about Romans 9? That awful, sterile, passionless church you used to go to?
I get it.
Calvinism doesn’t have a fantastic reputation, at least in some circles. Some people feel like it focuses more on theology than on loving people. Others have had really bad experiences with Calvinists. And so
It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”!
In this episode, I sit down my friend/nemesis/arch rival Barnabas Piper. We discuss: Sho Baraka’s new album The podcast “Crimetown” (again!) Jazz albums Poetry (you read that right) And a lot more…
Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for making me sound smooth and silky. If you need any audio edited, THEY ARE YOUR PEOPLE. And they’ll give you $100 off your first invoice if you tell them I sent you.
It is the Sabbath day, and she lies in her bed, trying to decide if she will get up. She rarely misses a Sabbath service in the synagogue, but today she’s aching worse than usual. She manages to get out of bed. It takes her a long time to dress because every movement sends excruciating waves of pain through her back.
She is 49 years old, but feels like she’s 79. Bent and deformed, unable to straighten herself, she hasn’t looked anyone in the eye since she was 31, when her disease fus