Judge Sotomayor: A Look Beyond the Partisan Questions

By now we know that Judge Sonia Sotomayor has faced a Senate committee's inquiry and passed the process without any serious hitch. Isn't the goal that she escape a slip and get confirmed? Since the term "borking" came into our legal experience it seems this is almost always the case in these high profile nominations. Sotomayor will be confirmed by … Read More

The Simple, Godly Wisdom of Ian Thomas

I mentioned last week my visit with Stuart and Jill Briscoe. One of the subjects we discussed was the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers, begun by the late Ian Thomas. I first met Major Ian Thomas through his book, The Saving Life of Christ. I later read several more of his books on the “deeper life.” I seem to recall … Read More

Is the Body Sinful? Living in Hope of Resurrection

In Romans chapter six the Apostle Paul says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin” (verses 6–7). The reference here to the body has created … Read More

An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God (Part Two)

In his religious memoir, An American Gospel, author Erik Reece relates the heart-breaking story of his father’s suicide. His dad, a second generation Baptist minister, took his own life at thirty-three, when Erik was only three years old. Erik describes his father as having too much “self awareness." He was controlled by a system of Christianity that felt like a … Read More

An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God

One of the most famous authors of the late nineteenth century, Leo Tolstoy, once read the New Testament Gospels and then wrote a book titled: The Kingdom of God Is Within You. In his book Tolstoy argued that one cannot believe in the Sermon on the Mount and the Nicene Creed. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told his … Read More

Love Believes All Things

S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ in Culture in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of a very important new book Uncompromised Faith (NavPress, 2009). Michael is my dear friend and currently serves as the chairman of the ACT 3 board of directors. We shared some time together in Dallas two weeks ago and I … Read More

Obamacare and Ending the Bush Tax Cuts, Part Two

President Obama has made the rich a popular target in his rhetoric ever since he began his campaign for the presidency in 2008. He plays on the desires of the poor and the middle class for fairness and argues that they already pay enough. It is the rich who should carry more of the burden for the rest of us. … Read More

Obamacare and Ending the Bush Tax Cuts, Part One

The full court push is now on to pass sweeping health care legislation. The goal is to provide care for (almost) all Americans. The last time we endured this debate was in the early days of the first term of Bill Clinton. The plan then, doomed from the beginning, went down in flames. This time there is a much better … Read More

The Summer Crunch and the Ministry of ACT 3

I stay in touch with a number of other ministries like ACT 3. Several are led by my closest friends. As a result of this fellowship I know that all of us are undergoing challenging times this summer. Ministry for us has never been stronger and opportunities beckon on many fronts. I have been granted amazing freedom to speak, teach, … Read More

A Lovely Day With Stuart & Jill Briscoe

Most of us have role models. Children learn best from role models and the very best role model is a good parent. Sometimes our role models even become our heroes. If we actually get to know our heroes they will eventually disappoint us. But if we learn to rightly understand our role models they will become powerful guides and bring … Read More