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Darwin and COVID

Darwin and COVID

I heard a restaurant owner on the news this morning talking about Darwin and COVID. He was talking about how Darwin didn’t say that the strongest survive. Rather, Darwin said it was the most adaptable who survive. And this particular person wanted to be one of the adaptable ones who survive.

There is, of course, a problem with that. Well, a few problems. The first one is that Darwin never actually said it was the most adaptable who survive!

How did Christianity get to be like this?

How did Christianity get to be like this?

How did Christianity get to be like this? You ask, Like what? Let me answer, initially, with a hint, rather than a direct answer. Some think one of the worst things to happen to Christianity was when Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. As history is showing, that’s more significant that most people probably realize. The parallels to what’s going on in the U.S. today are incredible.

Historians now debate whether “the first Christian emperor” was a Christian at all. Some think him an unprincipled power seeker. What religion he had, many argue, was at best a blend of paganism and Christianity for purely political purposes.

Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

And so it begins.  The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The one to the church in Ephesus.  Jesus had some good things to say to them.  And some bad things.  But then another positive statement.  The Ephesian church certainly wasn’t in the worst condition of the seven.  But then, it wasn’t the best either.  So there’s plenty to look at.

The title – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – is taken from the section titles in two different translations.  I chose to do that because I think it gives a a direction to start with while examining this letter.  Not that it’s the only direction.  But it’s one that people who did the New King James Version thought was important enough to include, as opposed to the NIV usage of just the location in their section title.

don't start the day without a plan

Don’t settle for less, #02: don’t start the day without a plan

Don’t start the day without a plan.  It’s the second in a series of traits for successful people in the secular world that we’re going to look at.  However, we’re going to see how these same traits can be applied to becoming a “successful” Christian.  Someone who not only has an idea what Christianity is really about, but who also lives it.  Finally, who also does the Great Commission and not what Dallas Willard calls the Great Omission.

beer, biscuits and butter - is that settling for less

Beer, biscuits and butter – is that settling for less?

Beer, biscuits and butter – is that settling for less?  Some people will ask, “less than what?”  Others will just say, “I’m fine with that.”  How about you?  Is that enough to make you happy?  Keep you happy?  Or do you want more?  A whole lot more?

It seems weird – a site about religion talking about beer, biscuits, butter and bourbon.  Relax, I’m not going to get into the evils of drinking and eating unhealthy food.

No, we need to consider something Jesus said.  Something we probably just assume means we can eat whatever we want.  But Jesus points out a whole new category of things that we should have been watching out for all along.  But probably didn’t.  Check it out.

We believe in God. Or do we?

We believe in God. Or do we? (Part 1)

We believe in God.  That’s a common answer when someone is asked, “Do you believe in God?”  But, is that really true?  I’ve been amazed by survey results that appear to show a belief in God but so many contradictions in the questions that follow.  That’s the reason for the second part of the title – “Or do we?”  Unfortunately, I think I found my answer in this month’s Christianity Today.  It’s sad.  It’s depressing.  And yet, it’s also cause for hope – because if Christians actually did what Jesus commissioned us to do, it’s a situation we could possibly change.

Does God always give us what we want

Does God always give us what we want?

Does God always give us what we want?  There are certainly those who say the answer is yes.  Especially if we have enough faith.  I got an email the other day with this passage from the Bible:  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  That certainly sounds like God will always give is what we want – doesn’t it?  The thing is – that email came from biblegateway.com.  Surely, this isn’t what they meant to say – is it?

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