Big Questions 12 – What Times are These?

Sometimes I wonder if Christianity is true. Oh, I don’t mean things like “does God exist?” or “did Jesus rise from the dead?” I actually think those claims work pretty well so long as you haven’t had your brain addled by withering forms of Enlightenment skepticism....

Big Questions 11 – God’s Redemptive People

I once had a dream wherein I met an astronomer who claimed to have built a telescope so powerful that it could look into heaven. Of course, I asked him what he saw when he looked through it. “It was too fuzzy to make out any of the details,” he groaned. “And it’s a...

Big Questions 10 – What’s My Mission?

What’s my purpose? What am I here to do? In his book, The Republic, the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato seemed to answer the question this way, “Nothing exists for its own sake.” Doctors only exist because sick people do. If there were no sheep, there would be no...

Big Questions 9 – Who Can Help Us?

God has a problem—an insoluble problem. Having charged humanity with caring for all creation, humanity rebelled, dragging itself and all creation off into death. What is God to do? Just overturn our rebellion? No, humanity’s choice to live or die must be respected....

Big Questions 8 – What’s Wrong with Me?

In 1890, Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, Herbert Ryle gave a famous speech where he outlined the mood of society in his day. He affirmed, with all his enlightened colleagues, his faith in the basic goodness of humanity, his confidence in the new...