Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

I can still remember my mother reading to me from the book Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson’s chronicle of his rise from the ghettos of Detroit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. It was a story so powerful that it resonated with even me: a white kid in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The book’s likely

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

If I were a Supreme Court justice who had to decide on gay marriage, and all I could rely on were the oral arguments made to the Court last week, I would almost certainly vote in favor. This is bad news for supporters of traditional marriage. I have been a vocal supporter and advocate for the traditional position over the last decade. But the argum

Misjudging the Master: Where the One-Talent Servant Went Wrong

Misjudging the Master: Where the One-Talent Servant Went Wrong

In the beginning of Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the master sets a pattern of parallelism: he gives each servant some talents to invest while he is away. At his return, the master should receive back his possessions with interest. The story should then come to a happy end with the master praising his faithful servants for a job

Anxious . . . For Nothing?

Anxious . . . For Nothing?

Several years ago we had a woodpecker living in one of the beautiful big pecan trees in our front yard. There’s one thing I know about woodpeckers: they peck wood. So it was no surprise to me to constantly hear this little guy hard at work on my tree. Very rarely did I see him, but I heard him—like a small pernicious jackhammer—destroying my tree.

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

“The Lord Is Risen”: Ellen White on Jesus’ Triumphant Resurrection—and Ours

The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. The darkest hour, just before daybreak, had come. Christ was still a prisoner in His narrow tomb. The great stone was in its place; the Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. And there were unseen watchers. Hosts of evil angels were gathered about the place. H