The Reality of Demonic Possession

A great gulf separates those who read the Scriptures over the shoulders of the Fathers and those who read over the shoulders of modern secular academics. The former are open to the possibility that the ancient worldview might have something to teach us, while the latter dismiss it utterly as primitive, unsophisticated, and unscientific. These latter are well represented by the late Professor Rudolf Bultmann (the classic de-mythologizer of the New Testament)…

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Franklin Graham (son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham) opined on NBC Nightly News that Muslims pray to a “different God” than do the Christians. Around the same time the Reverend Jerry Vines, former pastor of the large First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that “Allah is not Jehovah”, and that it was wrong to equate…

Christianity Makes No Sense

Christianity makes no sense. Just ask self-proclaimed intellectual giants like Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens. They will tell you that Christian claims are crazy, outrageous, and intellectually scandalous. The very idea that a man who lived in Palestine two millennia ago, who wrote not a single line that survives, who never travelled beyond the borders of his own little country, and who had to work with his hands to make a living—the…

America the Great?

Presented for your consideration (as Rod Serling would say): a great and powerful society, yet one whose laws and culture were a standing offence to God and in open defiance of His Law. At the heart of this society stood a principle that the Christians within it abhorred. This principle was supported by the full force of draconian law, and promoted throughout its educational system. There was no escape: from the time…

Demonizing Dichotomies or a Rainbow Flag?

The hardest thing that a Christian can do in the world is to keep his balance. One thinks here of that wonderful image of G.K. Chesterton, where he spoke of the Church as having “the equilibrium of a man behind madly rushing horses, seeming to stoop this way and to sway that…It is always simple to fall; there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one…

All Kinds of Everything

The last few weeks of my life have been spent writing a commentary on the Book of Daniel, which of course includes pouring over the so-called “Benedicite” (to give its western name), the long hymn found in chapter three and put on the lips of the three young men as they sang to God in the midst of the fiery furnace. In the Greek version of Daniel chapter 3 it is found…