Robert Miller was anxious as he answered the phone. It was not that he was expecting bad news. No, he was worried about what might happen when news of his decision got out.

It was March of 2025, and Robert was now, for the first time ever, overdue for his COVID vaccine booster. As Bob (he preferred to go by Bob) reflected on this, he shook his head. If anyone had told him a few months ago that he would one day go overdue for his COVID vaccine, he would have laughed in that person’s face.

But things had changed…

Sean Connery as King Arthur in the film First Knight (1995)

With the recent passing of Sean Connery, I reflected on some of the roles he played throughout his acting career. Please keep in mind that I grew up as a big Connery fan, enjoying movies such as The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Highlander. Yet one movie he starred in that is perhaps a little less well-known is First Knight.

First Knight is a 1995 film based on the story of King Arthur, with Sean Connery playing the role of Arthur himself. While the plot is centered on the romance between Lady Guinevere and…

Luther Posting His 95 Theses

While many in our culture celebrate this day as Halloween, there are some who would recognize it as Reformation Day — the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door (i.e. bulletin board) in Wittenberg, Germany.

When Luther penned his Theses, he had no intention of becoming an international celebrity. The document was written in Latin — the language of the universities and scholars — rather than in German, and his goal was to challenge someone to engage in an academic debate with him on each of the points. While there is no evidence to suggest…

The purpose of this article is to offer a response to the arguments set forth in White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo. I wish to make it clear that I am approaching this book from a Christian perspective with the intent of fostering greater discernment within the Church. In other words, this is not so much a review of White Fragility as it is a response to it.

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): The ideas advocated in White Fragility are antithetical to the Christian faith and, in fact, constitute a false gospel.

I know that this claim I am making is…

A little over a week ago, many Americans celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks, grilled food, and cold beer. At the same time, others either ignored the celebration or spoke out publicly against it.

As I reflected on this division among Americans, I noticed that both of them were advocating for the same thing: freedom. On the one hand, those who celebrated Independence Day were celebrating a certain kind of freedom that they now enjoy as a result of those who came before us. On the other hand, those who dismissed or condemned Independence Day were doing so because…

Given the current situation within America, I believe it to be an appropriate time to share a story about two different gospels. These gospels both claim to be able to solve the problem of racial reconciliation in America. That is good news indeed, right? Well, as I hope to show, only one of them actually has the power to do what it claims to be able to do.

But before we look at these competing narratives, we first need to highlight the problem that we face. The problem of racism (or to use a biblical phrase from James 2, the…

Depiction of the idol of Molech

In my last article I discussed the phrase “Lord of the Flies” and how it can be traced back to the ancient Canaanite god Ba’al. In keeping with that theme, I wanted to discuss the ancient Ammonite god Molech (or Moloch). But before I do, I want to let you know that the topic we are about to discuss can be difficult to stomach.

Having given fair warning, where do we begin? Well, if you recall from my previous article, the Israelites encountered a variety of pagan gods — including Ba’al — when they entered the land of Canaan. In…

This past month, my daughter read Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. I had encouraged her to read it, since I had read it many years ago when I was younger. Yet after she finished it, I read it again in order to refresh my memory. Not only did it do that, but it inspired me to share a few thoughts with you.

To begin, the story centers upon a group of young school boys who are stranded on an uninhabited tropical island after their plane crashes and kills all of the adults. …

Today Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is something that we do every Sunday, not just on Easter. Yet sometimes we overlook the significance of what it means for someone to succumb to death and return to life. There is something about the concept, or theme, of resurrection that even the secular world often recognizes (and even celebrates). My goal today is to highlight just a few examples.

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s story The Lord of the Rings, the theme of resurrection is seen in the character of Gandalf the Grey. In leading…

The devil shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world.

For the past month or so I have attempted to flesh out some of the key themes presented by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his writings, specifically in The Brothers Karamazov. One of those themes has been the idea that socialism is really an atheistic version of the Tower of Babel, built not to reach heaven from earth but to establish heaven on earth.

In this article I am going to look at one final example of how Dostoyevksy portrays the relationship between atheism and socialism in The Brothers Karamazov.

If you have been following the story so far, you have probably…

Eric Luppold

Husband, father, Air Force veteran, and elder at Hilltown Baptist Church.

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