Monthly Archives: April 2015

Who are God’s children?

I would have thought this would be an easy question.  Who are God’s children? Apparently not so easy.  At least not for some – Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object That the answer to this question isn’t “all of us” raises a couple interesting questions.   Which of us are not God’s children? Whose children are we?   The “problem” This has to do with Dr. Ben Carson, who will probably run for president, speaking at the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in June. Before getting into the problem, I’d like to draw attention to one statement that was made – “We are concerned because in our evangelical climate it is often easy to confuse what it means to be a follower of Christ with what it means to be a patriotic American,” the blog read. I completely agree with this one.  I’d suggest that maybe nothing else even needed to be said.   But they went further. “Certainly, we do not all worship the same God—we worship the Trinity whom Muslims and Jews would deny,” leaders of Baptist21 wrote on their blog. “And, the idea that we are all God’s children is at best the type of […]

Fighting Islamic Terrorists – diplomacy or weapons?

Diplomacy or weapons.  I get so tired of hearing these choices – like they are all we have. Conservatives say – the number one job of the government is to protect it’s people by killing the enemy. Liberals say – negotiate – war doesn’t solve anything. (yes – these are generalizations.  please recognize that.) But there are problems with both. In the case of Islamic terrorists – my main question for the liberals is – how do you negotiate with someone who wants to kill you?  I mean, really, is there a middle ground between life and death that one can negotiate to? my main questions for the conservatives is – do you really think you can kill all of them? The problem with negotiating with someone who wants to kill you Seriously – how can you negotiate with someone who’s religion (at least their interpretation of it – whether it be theologically right or wrong) says they must kill you in order to be guaranteed a spot in paradise?  Do you really think they’re going to give up their version of Heaven – and let you live?  If you’re on the opposite side from them, and you look like […]

A chimpanzee is the equivalent of a human child?

  “Tommy is the equivalent of a human child,” he told Wired. “He is a cognitive and extraordinarily complex being.” The quote is from Steven Wise, a Harvard Law Professor. Tommy is a chimpanzee. This is allegedly about whether or not chimps (and presumably other animals) can be held “against their will” and used in research.  More details are available at these web sites: One judge did actually rule in favor of recognizing chimps as legal persons, until another judge wrote something about how wrong that decision was.  Wrong – not by any moral standards, but by legal standards: “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal right—such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus—that have been afforded to human beings,” judge Karen Peters wrote in the official opinion and order. That statement did nothing to overturn or even conflict with the views of Wise, the Harvard Professor who filed the writ of habeus corpus that got this whole thing started. In fact, Wise continues – “Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?” […]

Swearing by the moon – Bible (Old and New Testaments) & Qur’an

  One book shows swearing (taking an oath) by the Name of God. One book says not to swear at all. One book shows swearing by the moon. Do you know which book has each of these? How do you feel about each of these scenarios? Read on to learn more about this interesting topic.    The Old Testament  Lev 19:12 “ ‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. Jos 23:6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. 7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. 8 But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now. Ps 63:11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God’s name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced. Isa 45:23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in […]

Peace I Give To You

  It’s hard to write these days. There’s been something missing. The title says a lot about the problem – Peace I Give To You. I wrote those words almost three years ago.  Along with much of what follows. The thing is – peace is still a problem.   Or rather – the lack of it.   Sometimes I wonder – will my life finally come to an end and I can go home when I learn how to have and keep God’s peace? Or maybe I’m here to write about my own struggles – hopefully with the end result of helping others not give up? But either way – it’s a goal that I find I cannot give up on. It has to be worth it. Even if it only comes in the next life. So – here’s the original article, from June 24, 2012.  If I decide to add anything, it will be in rust colored italics.   t’s been a while – almost a month since I’ve written anything. There’s been something missing. This title says a lot of the problem – Peace I Give To You. Combine that with some words from a song we sang during […]

The problem of the death penalty

   Since the death penalty is back in the news with the Boston Marathon bombing trial, here’s something for you (and me) to think about.  It has to do with where the death penalty comes from, what crimes does it apply to today, and who is really the party with the best standing to impart justice.   Where does the death penalty come from? This one may not sit well with some people, but it comes from the Bible. The first instance where it’s mentioned is – Ex 21:12 “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death. 13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate. 14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death. To be sure, there are a whole lot of other cases where the death penalty applied in those days.  Under certain circumstances, kidnapping could result in the death penalty.  The same was true for attacking one’s parents. In some cases, there was the concept of an “eye for an eye”.  Rather […]

Do you make Jesus pray in vain?

   If you’re like me, the answer’s yes.  Way too often. What do I mean? Lk 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Satan is the accuser.  He’s out to destroy all of us.  With Jesus praying for us, how can Satan ever win? Unfortunately, the answer is – all too often.   Like now.  I can’t tell you how much I feel I’ve wasted His prayers.  Take the past year or so – looking for something or someone to make this life worth living.   I feel like my life really has been passed through a flour sifter.  It’s in tiny little pieces.  What I expected to be the best time of my life is turning out to be even worse that anything that came before.  If Jesus is praying for me, why am I still being sifted? The answer to that question – is all too obvious from the previous paragraph. Consider – Lk 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes […]

The problem of tolerance

As I sit here on Silent Saturday – between the day Satan thought he won, because Jesus died on the cross – and the day Jesus actually wins when He is resurrected, I can’t help but think about the issue of tolerance.  It seems all sorts of people are calling for tolerance.  However, different people have different definitions of what tolerance really means. And so -the maybe not so obvious question – would God and Satan ever tolerate each other? Post Views: 7

Lord, can I go home now?

  The scariest words from the Bible would be having Jesus tell me, I don’t know you.  Sometimes though, these words are right up there – Jn 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Especially when they come in answer to the question – Lord, can I go home now? Sometimes, like now, going Home seems so appealing.   When I realize that Jesus’ prayer isn’t to protect my live – a life doesn’t seem worth living – is when it really truly hits that He means to protect my soul. But sometimes it feels like that’s not happening either. I feel like I’m failing. Like I’m losing the battle. I don’t feel the protection for my soul. Having tried before to end my life on my terms and on my schedule – it also feels like He won’t let me go home either. I have to stay here. I’m stuck here. But a couple days ago, a new thought hit me. What if I succeed, and find out that home isn’t what I expected? What if the image at the top of this post wouldn’t be my home? […]