Today’s C.H. Spurgeon devotional (written sometime in the last half of the 1800s) was particularly interesting for me given that we are exploring the option of attending a “normal” church after being part of a home church for the last couple years. But, it has implications far beyond an organized church. It is a lesson … Continue reading Wheat Amongst Tares
Have you heard the story when God killed a man simply for touching his stuff? When David became King of Israel, he brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem by an oxen-led cart. That's not how God instructed. No, God was clear, through the writings of Moses, that the ark was to be carried … Continue reading It’s No Joke.
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
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.
Last Friday, Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years for the death of George Floyd. Everyone has an opinion on that. Some think the sentence was fair. Others would like to see him dead. Still others think he got a rotten deal. All these and everything in between. Without a doubt, this event has … Continue reading Chaos In The Streets
Today, I'm going to try a new approach. Normally, I write this blog to Christians in the hopes they might be encouraged to share the gospel with a lost and dying world. However, today, after reading the book of Jonah, I have decided to target those who do not yet believe. My daughters unwittingly had … Continue reading A New Approach