Grateful for the sanctifying work of raising children

Commentary By November 19, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

I became a mom at the age of 27 after 5 years of marriage. My children are in their early 30s now, and 4 grandchildren bless my days.  Thanksgiving turns my mind toward memories of precious holidays past and God’s many blessings through the years. One of those blessings has been the sanctifying work of raising our children. Penny Keathley…


It’s Not 1984; It’s a Brave New World

Commentary By October 16, 2018 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Guy Davies, in a recent article in Spectator, compares the two great dsytopian books of the 20th century–George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. He makes the convincing case that though most people are more familiar with Orwell’s work than Huxley’s, it is Huxley’s nightmare that has turned out to be the most prophetic. I would nuance his argument to say…


It was 20 years ago today….

Commentary By August 21, 2018 4 Comments

In August 1998 I arrived at Kansas City, MO with my family in tow. Mark DeVine, who at that time taught theology at Midwestern Seminary, was leaving to teach at a school in Southeast Asia. I was tapped to fill in for him. (Mark presently teaches at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL.) My first day on campus was also…


“Killing Spree” Killers: There Is No Fear Of God Before Their Eyes

Commentary By October 2, 2017 Tags: , No Comments

This morning, you and I awoke to the same heartbreaking news: The worst mass shooting in modern US history. At the time of this writing, news reports indicate that Stephen Paddock, acting alone, shot and killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas, wounding some 200 others. Paddock then killed himself as the SWAT teams were arriving to arrest him. Killing…


Spurgeon’s Advice about the Study of God

Commentary By August 9, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

In his Knowing God, J. I. Packer begins with a quote from the great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon: “It has been said by someone that ‘the proper study of mankind is man.’ I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian…


And Can I Get a Hot Tub?

Commentary By February 26, 2016 Tags: No Comments

I overheard an interesting discussion recently. A group of students were talking about music, and as the conversation progressed – no matter what point one of them made – one fellow would wade in to deliver the authoritative opinion. The most amusing moment occurred when one student dared to disagree with this pontiff. “Well,” he sniffed, “I happen to be…


Should We Pray for ISIS to Be Converted or Defeated?

Commentary By December 1, 2015 Tags: , No Comments

“We sometimes forget that we are called to be a people of both justice and justification, and that these two are not contradictory.” Recently Russ Moore wrote an excellent article discussing the proper Christian attitude towards ISIS. Like many other American Christians, at times I feel conflicted. ISIS is a malignant, evil organization, yet it is made of men (and…