Have you every looked into someone's eyes and known there is something very, very wrong inside of them? You look into their eyes and don't see the person you knew. It's like something else is inside the person. We see a bible story like this in what is commonly referred to as The Demon-Possessed Man. … Continue reading The Demon-Possessed Man
It's no secret that there has been a radical shift away from church over the last few decades. I suppose there are plenty of reasons, but, frankly, going to church won't get you to heaven. What IS important is whether or not you are born again. Jesus was clear on this. "Do not marvel that … Continue reading Church Won’t Get You To Heaven
Presidential pardons are political fuel because someone gets off the hook for something big. We like the idea of justice, especially when it comes to our enemies. To escape that, well, to escape that only serves to reinforce the self-serving interests of the parties involved. Unless, of course, you happen to be on the receiving … Continue reading The Pardoned Fool
I don't know about you, but it is pretty easy to reject the common portrayal of God. Most churches showcase him as almost one-dimensional, such as, "God is Love." What about the angry God? Or the just God? Oh, and how about the jealous God? Honestly, I don't blame you if you toss out most … Continue reading Angry God?
Yesterday I wrote about the problem of evil and how we all are responsible for our own actions. Interestingly, a friend of mine writes a blog and today wrote about hardship and suffering that are outside your control. How many of us have hardened our hearts against God at the loss of a job or … Continue reading Hardship
Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is all-loving, why is there so much pain in the world? Incredibly, some philosophers argue that there is no such thing as "evil" since everything is relative. I say nonsense to this thinking. There is no "relative" in the actions of a child abductor. How … Continue reading The Problem of Evil
When I was a young man, I swore off religion. Completely. Why? I was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy. One day, as I looked at the congregation, I thought to myself, "If all this stuff about Jesus is true, why aren't the people in the streets telling others about it?" It was … Continue reading Hypocrites.
I spent some time last week with a sailor on his boat, a charming man who loves his family and is preparing to retire. Like all of us growing old, he realizes just how fleeting time is. He wants to spend more with his granddaughter, so the boat has to go. He did most of … Continue reading Preparing to Retire
How easy is it to casually toss Christianity aside! Consider that one sin disqualifies the best of people from heaven! One sin! It's no big deal! Isn't Jesus all about forgiving sin? Why wouldn't he just forgive it? The hard fact is that God banished Adam and Eve for one sin. One sin. The other … Continue reading It’s No Big Deal.
This weekend the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Was England really the problem for the Colonialists back in the day, or was it something else? How about today, when there seems to be much talk about Blue states and Red states? Do we need another Independence Day? Or perhaps there is something else we … Continue reading Independence Day?