Why the Middle East Awaits the Coming of Christ
I’ve just recently returned from Israel, a land drenched in history; a land acquainted with war; a land to which all believers will someday return with our great and glorious King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Until then, we can expect conflict, unrest, and the threat of war.
What chance does peace have in the Middle East? In my opinion, none until Jesus returns to establish His kingdom. Naïve politicians speak about a “two-state solution,” “land for peace,” or other bargaining incentives to bring peace. But I believe all of these plans …
The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent
My most important book, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent—an informed response to Islam’s war with Christianity, was released by Harvest Publishers early in this new year.
I began writing this book several years ago after Rebecca and I toured Turkey, visiting the cities where the seven churches of Revelation were located. Of course, those churches disappeared in the early centuries, but Turkey (biblical Asia Minor) maintained a distinct Christian presence until Islam came and conquered the city of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453. Churches were destroyed or transformed into mosques; …
Experiencing the heart of Christmas this holiday season—and every day of the year!
You would think that after enjoying 71 Christmas seasons and preparing for my 72nd, my enthusiasm for the holiday would wear off, but it hasn’t. I still look forward to Christmas for many reasons.
For one thing, I immediately think of our family; our three daughters, their husbands, and a total of eight grandchildren. If you aren’t a parent or a grandparent, imagine what it would be like to see the children’s excitement, their anticipation, and the connection we all enjoy with one another at get-togethers; whether …
The Idolatry of Technology
I know that is a strong statement, but I believe it very deeply. We are raising a generation of young people obsessed with mobile devices and enamored by triviality. Many teenagers send more than a hundred texts a day and carefully craft an exaggerated image of themselves on Facebook. From there they often go to dark places online that feed their basest desires, leading them to forsake healthy peer and family relationships.
In one week I interacted with two sets of parents who discovered that their teenager (age 16 in both instances) was taught by a …