The problem of “a Better Place”

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

What are we really doing when we say someone’s in “a better place”?
Being nice? We think so.
Lying? Probably.
Is being honest better?

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.

The problem of Christian hypocrites

This entry is part 6 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

So then – we’re all serial killers, aren’t we? To expect anything else is to not understand our own need for salvation.


Oh – by the way – that forgiveness thing. It’s good for anything we have done. Literally – anything. There’s nothing, no matter what some may say, that won’t be forgiven. Some would say if you’ve done certain things – you can’t be in “the church”. Well – maybe not in their “church”. But in Jesus’ church – sincerely ask for forgiveness from Jesus – and you will be forgiven.

LGBT in Heaven? 2

Well – I’d think that opening would get some interest! One way or another, people seem to be on all sides of this issue – and apparently even those on the same side have a hard time getting along with each other!

The Lord’s Prayer

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series The Lord's Prayer

This is a series on what we commonly call The Lord’s Prayer.
I can’t help but feel it’s significant that we don’t actual say that last verse as part of the prayer.Maybe it touches a little too close to home?

The Way Back Home

Tonight those kids are weeping While yours are safely sleeping Won’t you help the children find The way back home

Get some kleenex, and see a deeper message in this amazing song – The Way Back Home.

I’m proud of you, you know …

There is, of course, a catch here. We never know when the last moment will come. I was in a car accident a couple years ago where I had less than a second before knowing I was going to be hit. “Life”, in the traditional sense, could end at any time.

True or False: No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe in God.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series God, us, and children

… in order to reach that conclusion – Russell had to first not only assume that God does exist, but that he knew how God felt about the dying child.I think the real statement should be – No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe that people are inherently good.

Forgive us … as we forgive …

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Lord's Prayer

Uh Oh. Major Uh Oh. This sounds really important. As in the previous verses, there’s much more to the Lord’s Prayer than just a bunch of words. There’s meaning behind those words. A meaning that we need to understand to really do what Jesus said before giving us these words …

There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us. Version 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series We go where he takes us

he looks safe enough. But what do we really know about him? And who would ever put themselves in a position like that – following him wherever he takes us? But not knowing ahead of time where we’re going? “There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us.” No one – right?

Why can’t we better at treating addictions and other disorders?

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

Addiction, mental disorders / abnormalities, socially unacceptable behavior, deviant behavior – these are “normal” parts of life, But “we” – the psychologists, psychiatrists, and other “brilliant” people – can take care of it. The fact that “we” have failed miserably is not evidence that “we” can’t do it. And if “we” can’t do it – “we” will drug the heck out of them – turn them into zombies – and then “we” will have “succeeded”. …

Born into “Christian family”. And hating it.

My story illustrates the symptoms. I was born into a “Christian” family. We believed in God and attended church when convenient— and always on Christmas or Easter. And when we did attend, it was always boring.    Groeschel, Craig; Groeschel, Craig. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist (pp. 17-18). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.   No, it’s not my story.  It’s Craig Groeschel’s.  It could also be yours. If you’re thinking – “I can relate to that feeling”.  Being born into a “Christian family” doesn’t make one a good Christian.  In fact, being born into what the book describes as a “Christian family” can really turn people off. Now – if you’re thinking – “Wow – that’s really me!” – then you should also consider this: Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church which is considered the largest church in the United States with twenty five locations in seven states. Craig Groeschel turned into the pastor of an extremely successful church. If he did that – starting off with feelings like these – where could you end up? Don’t live the “Christian” life of your family and friends – the […]

Did God Change His Mind?

  How many times do we read about a Christian who is faced with a loved one’s beliefs that come in conflict with their own? Lots of people won’t like what I have to say here.   But it needs to be said, because sometimes the things we least want to hear are the very things that we most need to hear. Then they have to decide – were they wrong before, misinterpreting God’s Word?   Did God change His mind?   Is this a new time with new laws from God?  Something else? You may have noticed – I said “hear”.   Even though this is in writing and will most likely be “read”.  Here’s why the word “hear” is important – Post Views: 65

It wasn’t on purpose

“Emily Jackson. A girl who was easy to miss. He’d seen what happened whenever she entered the cafeteria and sat at a table. Suddenly, the other kids who were already there would remember something else they needed to do and would get up one at a time and leave. Or when a group of kids was talking in the hallway and she approached them, they would tighten up their circle so there wouldn’t be any place for her. And so she would walk past. Alone. He didn’t think they did it on purpose, treated her like that, it was just the way kids are sometimes.” from “Blur ” by Steven James Post Views: 53