Exodus 20:5 “…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”

Many are thrown aback at the thought of God being a jealous God. This conjures up thoughts of the psycho boyfriend who seeks to control every move of his girlfriend’s life. Jealously in our culture is considered a vice – a lustful desire or excessive covetousness for what someone else has. Associating this description to God, the perfect being, seems insulting and demeaning to his character. If God is maximally great in all his attributes, it seems beneath him to be jealous in this fashion. Applying these notions of jealousy to God would be inappropriate; therefore his jealousy must be different. Read the rest of this entry »

528483-Depression-1364630455-842-640x480Depression is a crushing problem for many, plunging them into a despair and hurt few can understand. Robert Burton spoke of depression rightly when he said: “They are in great pain and horror of mind, distraction of soul, restlessness, full of continual fears, cares, torment, anxieties, they can neither drink, eat, nor sleep…”[1] Abraham Lincoln spoke of his depression similarly. “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better, it appears to me.”[2] So how in the world are you to help a person in this condition? What if you find yourself dealing with depression? What course of action should you take? Is there a Christian perspective on the topic? Read the rest of this entry »

??????????????????Doubts about your faith can be one of the most painful experiences for the Christian. When the waves of questions and uncertainties come crashing in, your emotions and faith can be violently tossed about. From some, doubts have led to unbelief and eventually full-blown apostasy. However, for others, doubts have drawn them closer to God and ultimately strengthened their faith. As a Christian, you obviously want the latter, but how can you ensure that your doubt will draw you into a deeper faith? How can you guard your soul against the damnable sin of apostasy? In order to do this, there are many questions you need to answer. What is doubt? Is it sin? What is causing my doubt? What type of doubt am I dealing with: emotional, factual, or volitional? Is doubt good or bad? How do I talk with others about these embarrassing issues I am facing? Does doubt mean that I am not a Christian? Read the rest of this entry »

educationBefore you read any further, please know this post is not meant to condemn Christian parents who send their kids to public school. Every family is facing different life circumstances, and I am not in a position to levy judgment against anyone. That being said, I strongly believe there are serious problems for Christians to consider regarding public schools. So while I am not in a position to judge your specific situation, I do think these concerns should not be shrugged off as some extreme and unreasonable position. They are legitimate concerns all Christian parents should consider and allow to shape their educational decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

PetitionThe responsibility of human beings before God is repentance and faith. This is required for entrance into relationship with God and the subsequent glory to be revealed at the last day. So generally speaking, the Christian life is one characterized by repentance and faith. If these are lacking, one is not a true follower of Christ. But we often throw around terms like repentance and faith with little understanding of what they actually mean Biblically. To make matters worse, we live in a society that embraces a very relativistic morality and has little remorse over sin. Westerners like to blame some outside source for their problem. There is much recognition of evil in the world, but it is never within. There is much sorrow, but rarely is it godly sorrow. Therefore, how can Christians ensure they are truly repenting? What does true repentance look like? Read the rest of this entry »

A Poem for My Wife

Posted: May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

SarahSarah Tong my lover, my helpmate, my best friend
Her excellence among the rest, this I will defend
Her tender touch can calm me, relieve my stress and fear
When I am feeling down and out, it’s her I long to near
To her I give my life, to her my love is due
A gift of grace from my God, this I know is true
Her children, truly blessed ones, will treasure when they’re grown
The love and grace of momma, the happiness of home
Our house contains a warmness, peace and love and joy
Despite the constant messiness, diapers, screams, and toys
Tenderness and kindness, crown her lovely head
Tireless, she works all day, from morning until bed
Selfless acts, thoughtful giving, these she does display
A diamond necklace round her neck, could not her works repay
Sarah Tong my lover, my helpmate, my best friend
From now until my dying day, to you my heart I rend

Happy Mother’s Day,

Your blessed husband

IncomeAn article recently appeared in the news written by Robert Reich, professor at UC Berkeley, titled, “The 4 biggest right-wing lies about inequality.” A copy of the article can be found here. He said America is “heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the 19th-century robber barons” and the conservatives are lying about the situation. The lies he cited are as follows. (1) The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators. So we dare not tax them. (2) People are paid what they’re worth in the market. So we shouldn’t tamper with pay. (3) Anyone can make it in America with enough guys, gumption and intelligence. So we don’t need to do anything for poor and lower-middle-class kids. (4) Increasing the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs. So we shouldn’t raise it. Additionally, Reich, obviously against what he perceives as a widening inequality gap, says the situation can be reversed, but it will take bold political steps, which I’m sure he endorses. Here are a few responses to his thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Gospel_of_Jesus'_WifeIf you check out any newsstand, religion section of a news outlet, or other media source during the Easter or Christmas seasons, you are bound to find opinions and stories about Jesus that disagree with the orthodox Christian position. “Religious news” about Christian doctrine rarely speaks of the conservative Christian position, but of some divergence from it. But this is the media, so what should we expect? However, while the culture latches on to the hype of unknowns and “what-ifs” regarding religious truth, Christians are left to make sense of their convictions in light of the supposed findings. Can their faith withstand the new claims? Are these new claims valid? Do we tackle every claim or just ignore them all? Since these claims often threaten the very foundations of our worldview, they cause many to doubt or question the certainty of their faith. Read the rest of this entry »

pornaddictionPorn addiction is real and it is rampant; and statistics have shown us that those who attend church are not exempt. Addiction rates are about equal for those who attend church vs. those who don’t. And let’s face it, porn addiction kills. It is ruining marriages, leading to sexual abuse, and enslaving millions. An LCSW counselor recently told me that the brain of a porn addict looks like the brain of a cocaine addict! And the problem is that this is a secret sin, rarely brought to light. Additionally, few want to even talk about it. But if you are married (male or female), you have children, or you are a teenager, you need to be educated on this issue. What does the Bible say about it? How bad can the addiction really be? How can I keep myself from falling into this sin? If I am addicted, how can I get out of my addiction and find healing? These are all great questions – ones we should be asking ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

SuicideHere are the opening lines of a recent article at CNN.

“Funny, happy people do not kill themselves. It doesn’t make sense.”

That’s usually what people say. “They were such a bright light … the life of the party.” I know, because I used to say these things about my brother, Evan.

Now I know better.

Four years ago, just a few weeks shy of his 21st birthday, Evan ended his life with the intention of forever ending his pain. And I am left with blood on my hands. My misconceptions about suicide have made me an accomplice.

The story seems to go something like this: a teenage boy who had everything going for him – great personality, funny, athletic – began to battle depression of some sort. This turned into anger, internal darkness, confusion, and the eventual taking of his life. For the full story of Evan, you can read the original article here. Read the rest of this entry »