I returned to my office recently and found a magazine sitting on my desk opened to an article about a man who had lost his 20-year-old son. Our son was 19 when we lost him. There were a number of statements I highlighted. But, the man's closing words said this: "What we've found hardest are … Continue reading The Holidays and the Empty Chair
All I am doing is to ask people to face the facts—to understand the questions which Christianity claims to answer. And they are very terrifying facts. I wish it was possible to say something more agreeable. But I must say what I think true. C. S. Lewis; Mere Christianity For some, atheism works. For … Continue reading Why Atheism Failed Me – Pt 1 of 3
The 20th century pastor and author, A.W. Tozer, once said, "While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a god who hasn't surrendered his authority." Presently, the world is a little scary. Allow the Spirit of Christ to calm your soul with this song by Andrew Peterson. Do you … Continue reading Is He Worthy?
As I study the biblical worldview of the afterlife (which I'm convicted is true) I'm always curious to see what mainstream culture thinks about it all. So, when I saw this tweeted article - Newsweek giving credence to the possibility of life-beyond-death - my interest was piqued. Most of the article cites what scientists are … Continue reading Newsweek: Where Do You Go When You Die?
In his outstanding book, The Unquenchable Flame, Michael Reeves writes in detail about the medieval (and, sadly, modern) unbiblical belief that salvation could/can be earned by human effort. He writes, "In 1215, the fourth Lateran Council came up with what it hoped would be a useful aid for all those seeking to be 'justified' (to … Continue reading Purging Purgatory from “Biblical” Teaching
As a Christian, I believe in heaven. As a pastor, I've studied and taught about heaven. As a musician, I've noted that almost every single hymn written has heaven the subject of its final verse. When my dad died I didn't really think differently about heaven. When my sister died I didn't really think differently … Continue reading Heaven
I've read Jesus' prayer recorded in John 17 many times but I never noticed the insight brought out by Mark Jones in his blog, "When a Loved One Goes Home to Jesus." (You can read the blog here.) Having lost my own 19 year old son in 2013, I know what it feels like to … Continue reading When a Loved One Goes Home to Jesus
When we die, what do you think is on the other side? I once saw an interview with actor, Anthony Hopkins. Asked about life & death, he, like many others, said he believed, in essence: we live, we die, and then - that's it. Nothing else. Of course, no one can, with authority, satisfy the … Continue reading What Happens When We Die?
When we die, what do you think is on the other side? (good question) Recently, I read a story of a son (a Christian) asking his father (not a Christian) if he ever worried about what happens after we die. “The next life?” the father said. “I’ll worry about that when I get there!” But, … Continue reading Pascal’s Wager