Sin Makes Ya Stupid

12th century mosaic

You’ve seen those TV reports that showcase criminals who make dumb mistakes. Like, a guy who held up a bank . . . but left his driver’s license on the counter. Upon hearing about such things, my sister has been known to blurt out, “Sin makes ya stupid!” And stupid has consequences. Think of these examples: Lot’s wife—The Lord (via…

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Obeying the Government

painting of Peter and Paul with Nero

In a discussion with Gen Xers about obeying government authority, I pointed to Romans 13:1-5 and 1 Peter 2:13-17, both written during oppressive Roman rule. (One writer says that Rome at this time is “alternately described as the glorious crowning achievement of mankind and as the sewer of the universe.”) Paul, who wrote Romans, experienced all kinds of real and…

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Do What He Says. Period.

sticky note with exclamation point

In C. S. Lewis’s book 6 of the Narnia series, The Silver Chair, Aslan has given the children four signs to remember, which will help them through their upcoming treacherous journey. Aslan urges them to “remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you…

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Delighted to Obey

Cason's basketball portrait

You know how teenage boys are. You say “You need a haircut,” and they say “Aw, Mom.” You say “Those pants are getting raggedy,” and they say “No, they’re fine.” But when my son Cason started playing high school basketball for the late Coach Will Collins (Bellefontaine, OH), I witnessed a phenomenon. Now, Coach Collins was a bit of a…

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