The following is a letter from James W. Alexander (1804-1859) to his younger brother. James was a Presbyterian minister and the eldest son of Archibald Alexander (1772-1851). In his letter, James gives his brother excellent advice that is just as needed today, more than 150 years later. My dear brother, You must not suppose, from […]
A nation’s culture defines what is normal and acceptable in society; how we view right and wrong, who are heroes are, and what we want our children to believe. Culture is based on the values that are widely accepted by society and that we want to transmit from generation to generation. Many things affect a nation’s culture, but few affect it so directly and profoundly as politics.
Theodor Geisel will forever be remembered for the contributions that he made to children’s literature. Writing more than 60 books for children over a 60-year career, it might be said that Geisel thought more like a child during his adult life, than he did during his childhood. His simple stories, with their deliberate rhyming patterns and colorful illustrations, continue to captivate child after child, year after year. But the most ironic thing about Theodor Geisel – known to all as Dr. Seuss – is the fact that he never had any children of his own. The world’s most renowned author and artist of children’s stories, whose books seem to magically appear in homes once children are present, never had the joy of reading his books to his own children or grandchildren. Dr. Seuss wrote his books for others, not for himself.
One of the greatest needs of Christ’s Kingdom in the United States and around the world is the ability and inclination of Christians to succeed in their so-called secular occupations and careers. Since Christians have long ago surrendered society and culture to Christ’s enemies, the workplace is dominated by “secular” ideas. Consequently, Christians feel out […]
In a parable about stewardship in Luke 19, Jesus tells His hearers to "occupy until I come." The New American Standard translates the verse this way: "Do business until I come." The verse prior to the parable gives the context: "While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they [His listeners] supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately" (Luke 19:11). Since this parable immediately follows the story of Zaccheus’ conversion, we have no reason to assume that Jesus is speaking to a different audience. In this parable, Jesus actually speaks of three groups of people: