Monthly Archives: April 2017

The problem of “handing it over to God”

This entry is part 22 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Did you see it – if you can’t walk on water it’s because you doubt – because you don’t have enough faith.
And if that’s what you got from the passage – it’s unfortunate. Because that wasn’t the point.

The problem of a “pleasing aroma” to God

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

By now – hopefully the Christians who weren’t already aware of what these passages meant have now learned something. Something very hopeful, especially in times of trouble. For the non-Christians – I pray you have also learned something, and that this will help to change your view of what you maybe thought was a heartless God.

We know nothing of religion here: we think only of Christ.

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

And that is what should be our focus. Not the things that drive wedges between people – not on one religion’s minute details that cause us to focus on something other than Jesus.

Is this still true of Christians today?

If people – Christian or non-Christian – were too look at us today, would they see the same things in us?
I’m assuming I don’t have to actually answer that question – but I’m going to anyway.
No – they wouldn’t.

Does Jesus want to carry you when times are tough?

Before I leave you though, as promised earlier – when I say “best” answer – it’s maybe not the best answer ever. It’s what went through my mind this morning. It’s appropriate to where I am in my walk of faith at this time of my life. It may not be the “best” answer for you – at least not today. Maybe it will be on another day. Maybe there’s an even better answer for you today. After all, what’s “best” for you – that’s between you and God. My goal here is to get you beyond thinking the answer would be a simple “yes”.

Revelation: Introduction – part 1

It seems that what is probably the most common use of the word apocalypse – meaning the end of the world – isn’t even biblical in origin. It’s one instance where the book of Revelation write about the end of the world, as we know it – and that one instance is turned into the new “definition” of the word.

“No one speaks for God—not even the prophets (who speak about God)?

I have to totally disagree with the parts where it seems that one God would set us up with varying versions of “truth”. And while I agree that faith gets entangled in the gnarled branches of religion, I don’t for one instant believe that God would leave us lost in those branches, without a way to find Him.

When Jesus Died

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

That’s hard for some people to accept. It can seem too “convenient”. Too simple. It’s not enough.
For many people, with the lives we’ve had, it’s hard to “believe”, just because a list of things was done.
This is for you – the people who have a hard time. Because it’s not just a list of things that could be checked off as “accomplished”. It’s also about things that weren’t done. Things that couldn’t be done.

Revelation & Hype Cycles

when so many consider Revelation to be a book of doom and gloom, I choose to also present is as one of amazing hope. Hope that is available to every one of us. Hope that will keep us out of the doom and gloom that will come – but doesn’t have to come to us.

Forgiven – update on Vanishing Grace

Jesus was someone that spent time and ate with all sorts of “sinners”. In the Gospels we see Him with the likes of tax collectors, roman soldiers, and prostitutes. Scandalous in His time – and in too many churches today, it’s the same.

Pondering the consequences of our choices.

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series TNT - Blowing up misconceptions from The Bible

I read the quote below, and wondered if it’s true for all of us, at the end of our lives. Not that we’ve all literally killed someone. But all of us have done something – something we wish we hadn’t done.

What’s most important to you?

This is a great quote. It reminds us that Heaven, Hell and earth are three different things. While Christians recognize that Hell is worse than, and therefore different from, earth – too many seem to think that the same isn’t quite so true for earth and Heaven. They think things from earth will be in Heaven – or that Heaven will come to earth. Or some variation of that.

Lost Son Parable – Parenting 501 – update

I can’t help but wonder – if this father is so wonderful, how come neither of his sons knew it? Further – how could the father be so blind as to not know that neither son really knew him? And if he was aware that his sons didn’t know him – how come he didn’t do anything about it? In other words – why is it just accepted that the father was good and the problem was with the sons?

Are people really curious about the Bible?

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

This is a fascinating thought. People are curious – no doubt about that. And we often follow up on the things we’re curious about. So what’s different here? Why would so many people be curious about the Bible – but not follow up on it?

A jealous God, punishing sin for generations. Or maybe not?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series TNT - Blowing up misconceptions from The Bible

That sounds so cruel, doesn’t it? Why would a good God punish innocent, and even unborn, children for the sins of their parents? In case a refresher is needed, here’s where that comes from – the beginning of the ten commandments …