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The problem of faith, hope, belief and knowing

This entry is part 19 of 21 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.


Evolution debate will soon be history?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Science vs. God

One of the warnings we get from Jesus is this – Mt 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Like I said – the question of who gets credit for “evolution” – whether it’s atheistic or theistic evolution – is a huge deal.  Who gets the credit, from your point of view?


Can we know if God still cares about us?

Can we know if God still cares? Of course, that assumes that God did exist in the past. And it assumes that God still exists now. And it assumes that at least at some time in the past – God used to care. That’s a lot of assumptions. Whether you care to make none of them – some of them – or all of them – please read on and see what you think at the end.


Be prepared for what you ask for …

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Peace beyond understanding

That’s not to say I didn’t have second thoughts – didn’t wonder if the cost was getting too high.  I did have them.  I even ran away a few times.  Fortunately, I always returned.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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 …


Parents upset over no religious symbols policy. Why?

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

I read this more and more – parents are upset over some policy, this time federal, restricting religious symbols / words / books in schools. But why? I truly don’t think we should be so upset over this.


The problem of God “Calling”

This entry is part 13 of 21 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,


Unintended Consequences – CA SB 1172

This is – first and foremost – a law that targets innocent children.
Really, all of this is over minor children. It says that parents can’t engage in conversion therapy for their minor children (for who, again, the parents have responsibility – to both the government and God). However, when that minor child turns 18, they are free to get conversion therapy on their own.


“You can’t do this!” – You keep saying that, and yet …

So while I was reading this exchange in the book – I couldn’t help but wonder – when confronted at the final judgment – how many people will say the same thing to Jesus?
How many will tell Him that He can’t judge them – that He can’t condemn them?