Harvey, Irma & God
by Ferrell Foster on September 6, 2017 in ethical living blog
Harvey has done his damage, and now Irma approaches. In the wake of such storms we often hear people say, “God is in control.”
Theologians may want to nuance this phrase, but for everyday folks it means, “God is in control of everything, including the weather.” In essence, since God is in control, God caused these storms, the destruction.
God created a perfect world and, in the wake of our messing it up, God has “purposed,” as Scripture says, for his creation to be redeemed. Jesus Christ has made possible that final redemption, yet we are still in the midst of this fallen, messed up world seeking to serve God in His redemptive...
Bacote: Permission to go out in public
by Ferrell Foster on January 24, 2017 in ethical living blog
This just in: Christians have permission to go out in public.
Of course, this is not really news, but sometimes evangelical followers of Christ wonder if it is OK to get involved in their broader culture -- the world, the frightful, dangerous world where Satan can trip us up and snatch us away.
The broader culture is rife with dangerous ideas, influences, and people. We have to be careful out there, but we need to be out there.
Vincent B. Bacote, the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life, is helping the church see this need to be involved in the broader culture as a commission from God revealed in...