The Glorious Condescension of the Incarnation

In the incarnation, we encounter the mystery J.I. Packer writes about in his classic book, “Knowing God,” when he says that this was “the great act of condescension and self-humbling.” God the Son, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, submits to the limits of flesh as Mary’s baby boy. And to his young mother, he must look for his food, his diapers, and his care.  Amazing! This post is meant…

Abortion: A Time to Mourn and A Time to Speak

I saw the first Planned Parenthood video early Wednesday morning. It was minutes before our daughter’s catechism and family worship. The images prompted by the footage were still in my mind, as I heard my daughter’s small voice answer the first question: “Jael, who made you?” Her response: “God made me.”A Grotesque DinnerIn her answer are the voices of the many tiny image-bearers whose…

Parental Failures and the Gospel

I could begin this post with countless descriptions of my parental failures. Moments when anger got the best of me; times when a little patience would have made all the difference; or just plain insecurities in making the right decisions for my children at every moment and at every stage of their development.You might agree that feelings of inadequacy are common to parents; whether relatively…

The Boiling Frog: A Look at Marriage and the Black Church

Many of us have heard of the “boiling frog” anecdote. The idea is this: put a frog in blistering hot water and it will instinctively jump out. However, place it in cool water with gradual temperature increases and the frog will remain in its place, absolutely unaware of the danger until it’s too late.This metaphor illustrates people’s general tendency to challenge abrupt change while…

Al-Shabab, Christian Persecution, and Psalm 23

Persecution of African (and Middle-Eastern) Christians continues to increase, as does the gradual cultural degradation of historic Christianity in the West. This post is a prayer to the Lord, our Great Shepherd. May He raise his rod and staff high and bring comfort to his persecuted flock around the world. He is the God of both our green pastures and our shadowy valleys.The Lord is my shepherd…

The Greatest Adoption Story Ever Told

There is a story of a man whose teenage son is brutally murdered by another boy—a gang member. While tragic, this part of the tale is nothing new. Gang related violence is anything but shocking in our day.What happens next, however, stuns the ear: the father of the murdered boy pays the associated fees of the criminal case and adopts his son’s killer as his own! Kirk Cameron, in The Biggest…

Biblical Orthodoxy and the Disqualification of Christians from Public Service

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from offering the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. The reason? A sermon had been discovered—delivered some 20 years prior—in which Giglio called homosexuality a sin. In a statement following the withdrawal, the Presidential Inaugural Committee offered regrets for having invited Giglio and assured an…

It’s a New Year, Run to Win the Prize

My ConfessionConfession is good for the soul, so here’s a little disclosure: I can’t run! What do I mean? Let’s just say, if you saw me running, you would understand perfectly well what I mean. To be more precise, I was never taught (or perhaps I failed to learn) how to properly bend my knees when running. The result today is a stride that resembles a loping duck.I’m smiling as I write this,…

A Time to Speak

My husband and I live east of the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. The area, roughly 20 square miles in size, is over 90 percent black. A single IHOP and a Denny’s serve as its major full-service restaurants. There are no high-end department stores, but discount clothing and dollar stores can be found. There are no movie theaters, few parks, and a dusting of grocery stores. There are no…