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Too Busy for God

Posted on September 8th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Godward Orientation, Shaping Influences

The sky displays the glory of God for those who long to see it. Those who don’t know God reject the testimony to God’s power and greatness; they have no choice but to suppress God’s truth. But Christians have no such restriction. We can freely gaze at the amazing  power of God in the sky each day, appreciating its awesome display. But most of us are too busy to take much notice of the daily display of the glory of God. When we’re on vacation, we are more likely to.. read more

Irene & Jonah

Posted on August 31st, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The spectacular events of life grab our attention—particularly “natural” disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and tropical cyclones. The 24/7 news outlets swing into action, as they did this past weekend. Hurricane Irene made headlines as it moved up the eastern seaboard of the United States. For a while it appeared that Irene would strike large cities, from Washington, D.C. to Boston, with the power of a major hurricane. There was a collective sigh of relief as the storm approached land and weakened. But even in its weakened condition, over 40.. read more


Posted on May 30th, 2011 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events, Worldview

Today is a day of national remembrance for the United States:  Memorial Day. We pause collectively to remember that many have died for our benefit.  On this day of remembered sacrifice, it is humbling to consider why so many have offered their lives so that we could live in freedom. We could think, as many do, that these sacrificial deaths are proof of an inherent goodness in man, and that despite all man’s negative traits, the spark of goodness remains. Surely, the willingness to die in battle shows that man.. read more

Camping Out – Part 2

Posted on May 21st, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel

Today is May 21. The six p.m. deadline has passed, and at last report the rapture has not occurred. Some are embarrassed, some are elated, some are confused, some are amused; some mock and others are angry. For sure, it must be a difficult time for Harold Camping and his followers. But what about Christians who believe the Bible is true, who believe that Jesus Christ will return at the hour of God’s choosing? It is easy to feel frustration because our faith is being mocked by people around the.. read more

Shepherd Press is Coming to You!

Posted on March 28th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events

Shepherd Press will be represented at 2 major conventions in the next 3 weeks. The first is this weekend at the  Mid-West Homeschool Convention, Cincinnati, OH, March 3 – April 2. Tedd Tripp will be a featured speaker and Shepherd Press will have a booth at the convention. Drop by and say hello. Here is a link for this conference: Cincinnatihomeschoolconvention.com/ The second is the Gospel Coalition Conference in Chicago, April 12-14, Shepherd Press will have booth here. Stop by and catch up on the latest offerings from Shepherd Press… read more

Are We God-Proof?

Posted on March 15th, 2011 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events

Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. The video images of  skyscrapers in Tokyo, swaying back and forth during this weekend’s monster earthquake, demonstrate this point. The fact that these buildings swayed, but did not fall, is a tribute to Japanese technology and planning. The problem is that there are few skyscrapers in the city of Sendai, which lies along the eastern coast of Japan, just miles from the epicenter of Friday’s massive earthquake. The most prominent structures in Sendai are homes, businesses, and nuclear.. read more

God, the Middle East & the Oscars

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 · Posted in Current Events

This post is taken from our latest newsletter. The theme of this newsletter is to help people see that God is vitally involved in all that happens in life. So on the surface the turmoil in the Middle East and the Academy Awards may seem to have little to do with each other. But God rules over each and every fragment of life. The solution to the impact of sin is always bowing to the will of God and his Son. In this sense all of life is connected to.. read more

Is the Fall Irrelevant?

Posted on January 11th, 2011 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events, Gospel, Worldview

To a Christian committed to Scripture, the title of this post may seem to be a foolish question. Of course the Fall is relevant! My pastor said so in our adult Sunday School class! This hypothetical response may be stretching things a bit, but the Fall has become a forgotten doctrine in many circles. Our culture believes it is nothing more than a myth. What better example of this reality is there than the mass murder in Tucson this past weekend? Note the press coverage of the event. Everything from.. read more

A Deafening Silence

Posted on January 10th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

America is a nation searching for answers, following the shooting this weekend in Arizona. At least six people were killed, including a Federal Judge and a nine-year-old girl. Among the fourteen others who were wounded in this assault was U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head. The Congresswoman was holding a public event called “Congress on Your Corner,” at a Tucson supermarket.  The event was patriotic and peaceful. Yet, for reasons unknown at this time, a young man chose to bring death and terror to the gathering.

Mother and Father replaced with Parent 1 & 2

Posted on January 7th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The cultural shift away from a biblical view of the family continues. I’ll have more to say about this in upcoming posts. Fox News reports: The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says. “The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’” A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to.. read more

Change and Hope

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel

Another election is over.  More change is on the way. But what about hope?  Will the changes brought about by this mid-term election bring hope?  For many, the answer to this question is, “Well, we hope so.”  In this sense, yesterday’s election is like every other election.  Political change creates hope, but it seldom delivers satisfying change.  Not unexpectedly, the aftermath of the 2010 elections offers as much uncertainty as it does hope.  One reason for this is that political hope is based upon the ability of people to deliver.. read more

Shepherd Press is on Facebook!

Posted on July 28th, 2010 · Posted in Current Events

Shepherd Press is now on Facebook. On this page you can keep up with the latest events at Shepherd Press as well as show your support.  You can easily keep track of new book releases and you can even leave us a message by writing on the Shepherd Press wall. You can check out the Shepherd Press Facebook page here.

God and Oil part 2

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events, Worldview

In a recent post I raised the question about God’s involvement with the oil spill in the Gulf. There are at least two perspectives from which to consider this question. The first perspective is to consider if God is actively involved and if he is, to what extent. The second perspective is to consider whether the human agents that are part of this spill could have benefited from considering relevant biblical principles. A related issue is how to follow the direction of Deuteronomy 6:4-7 in talking about the spill with your family.

Olympic Glory – or not

Posted on February 24th, 2010 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are in their final week. The performances have once again been tributes to the skill and dedication of those who participate in the games. The sacrifice has been huge. As the numerous NBC personal vignettes testify, many of these athletes have given their whole lives to reach for Olympic glory. It is a heady goal to be acknowledged as the best in the world–to win the gold medal. For many at the games, it is enough just participate in the Olympics, to compete with the.. read more

Does God Have Your Attention?

Posted on February 11th, 2010 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

A second snowstorm within three days has brought the mid-Atlantic region of the United States to a halt. This region contains the nation’s centers for finance, business, and government. In some instances, even snow plows have been kept off the roads because conditions are too dangerous for plowing. So far, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia have had record amounts snowfalls. The news media have provided extensive coverage of the disruptions caused by the snow. Questions are being asked of politicians and meteorologists about the significance of these back-to-back storms. But.. read more

The Snowmaker

Posted on February 7th, 2010 · Posted in Current Events

Snow is blanketing the East Coast this weekend in record amounts. Hundreds of thousands of homes are without power. Work will be disrupted for companies, small businesses, schools, and even the government. Thirty inches of snow simply cannot be ignored. Once again, the power of man quickly pales in comparison to the power of God. The scientific explanation of how snow occurs is not complex. The right combination of moisture, temperature, and a low pressure system will result in snow. However, small deviations in any of these three variables can.. read more

No men OR women needed

Posted on October 31st, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

This headline is from a recent edition of the London Daily Mail online. The rest of the headline reads: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells. Here are a few quotes from this article: The U.S. government-funded research also offers the prospect of a ‘miracle pill’ which staves off the menopause, allowing women to wait longer to have a child. Scientists at Stanford University in California found the right cocktail of chemicals and vitamins to coax the cells into becoming eggs and sperm. The American team used stem cells.. read more

Are Fires Angry

Posted on September 15th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The recent wild fires near Los Angeles have prompted the news media to return to a favorite theme concerning natural disasters. On-line news sites such as USA Today and Fox News referred to the out-of-control California fires as angry; USA Today ran a headline on September 1 that labeled the largest of the fires as very angry. As the fires began to be less intense later on Tuesday, CNN reported that Mike Dietrich, the U.S. Forest Service’s incident commander, said, “I feel a lot more optimistic today than I did.. read more

Are You Safe?

Posted on September 11th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview, Worry

Today is September 11, 2009. “Are you safe?” seems like a good question to consider on the 8th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attack. I remember the morning of September 11, 2001. I left the house early to follow my son to the mechanic’s shop where he was to have some work done on his car. I was listening to the radio as we drove through the countryside. The local talk station was playing on my car radio. About half way to the mechanic’s, the morning talk show host interrupted.. read more

Teachable Headlines

Posted on August 17th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Parenting

Your comments are a valuable part of this blog. An example is a recent comment made by Jennifer regarding the news story about the confrontation between the police officer and the college professor in Cambridge, MA. This confrontation made headlines worldwide and sparked charges of racism and profiling. Jennifer and her husband make a good point that is easy to miss among all the sound bites and sensational headlines. Here is her comment: