Series: The problem of ...


The problem of “church words”

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

Mary Sue said she was ‘giving Joshua to God.’ That’s exactly what she said. “I was afraid that she might have made a decision—a very frightening decision—that somehow Joshua would be better off in heaven with God.” “Is that when you called the Department of Social Services?” “That’s what I did, yes.””


The problem of problems

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

It’s the same way with life. Too many extra things going on.
Figure out what’s important – focus on that – and don’t worry so much about the rest of the stuff. We can’t really totally ignore it – because we don’t want to get blind-sided by something / someone. But still – …


The problem of a “pleasing aroma” to God

This entry is part 9 of 20 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.


The problem of FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

When you’re knee deep in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original task was to drain the swamp. When we’re up to our necks in suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – sometimes it’s hard to remember the original task was receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


The problem of God “Calling”

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

So – the “Call of God”. It’s one of those church words. It’s used, with an assumption that everyone knows what it means. Or maybe, that everyone will figure out what it means. Or – maybe – it’s one of those words that is so polarizing that no one wants to really touch what it means,


The problem of “Fear of the Lord”

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

This confirms what I’ve often said here – when we get our English translations of the Bible, the words used just do not get across the intent of the authors – they don’t paint an appropriate picture of what was going on at the time – the emotions and feelings involved – and therefore, we don’t truly understand or appreciate what the Bible tries to tell us.


The problem of Either/Or: Free Will vs Predestiny

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

Many people take one side of an issue. It’s an either – or thing. .But what of there’s another possibility?
No – not a third option, but the possibility that “either” and “or” are both correct.
Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Especially when people are so passionate (stubborn?) about the issue.


The problem of faith, hope, belief and knowing

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

The concern here is that when we say things like we “know” certain things because the Bible says so, we run the risk of turning people off to the message we are trying to give.  Something that was meant to be caring and loving can be construed as something that sounds uncaring and insensitive.  I think we need to remember that we believe God meets us where we are, and so when we talk with others who faith isn’t as strong as our or maybe have no faith at all, we also need to meet them where they are – not where we are.