There's a thing in scripture called "imprecatory prayers." These prayers are summed up like this: "help me; hurt them." (Psalm 137 is a prime example.) Isn't it good to know it's ok to unload on God like this? Presently, I'm in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah in my daily devotions. One significant aspect of … Continue reading Scary Prayers
The Old Testament character, Samson, is a lesson in two overriding biblical principles. (His story is recorded in Judges 14-16) 1) We can waste our life if we want to. However,... 2) With God, it’s never too late to ‘come home’. (Samson is among those listed in the ‘Hall of Faith’ in Hebrews 11.) Threaded … Continue reading Revenge
Read carefully the following passage from the biblical book of Revelation: “Then I (John) saw a second beast (the false prophet), coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon." Never forget what John described: The false prophet looked like a lamb but spoke like a … Continue reading Lambs and Dragons
What is Christian theology? "Theology" simply means "the study of God." While some are vocational theologians, all Christians are theologians. Paul's instructions to Timothy (and us) were a command, not a suggestion: Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a worker who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and … Continue reading Christian Theology: What is it, exactly?
Job (rhymes with robe) buried ten children in a single day. He suffered so terribly he wanted to die. His story is found in the Old Testament book bearing his name. It was customary in those days for friends to come and sit in silence with those who were grieving. To weep with them. To … Continue reading The Ministry of Presence
**Before I even get started, obviously, I could never begin to explain the 'imagination of God." My sole purpose in this blog is to simply point out that our imagination is a God-given gift. More than that, it's a significant component of being "made in the image of God." i.e. Imago Dei. Now, let's dive … Continue reading The Imagination of God
Consider the following statements. How would you respond? I am an atheist. I am not an atheist because it's cool. I am not an atheist because of religious extremism or oppression in some depraved corners of the world. I'm not an atheist because I believe science can disprove God. I'm an atheist because of one … Continue reading What would you say? Part 2 of 2
I recently had a ‘back & forth’ with a skeptic on social media. The man was kind and our debate was civil, but we clearly differed on various aspects of the Christian faith. (The goal of Christian Apologetics is not to win an argument, but to win a friend.) But, the conversation prompted me to … Continue reading What would you say? Part 1 of 2
You've, no doubt, heard (whether you've wanted to, or not) of the leaders of contemporary atheistic thought. They spend their time assaulting any and all claims of the Christian faith - and have sold millions of books doing so. They're loud and, as such, receive the lion's share of media attention. But, what do the … Continue reading What do the ‘Other Guys’ have to say?
Emeritus professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Richard Swinburne, brings to us the following thought, arguing for the fact that human consciousness is separate from mere brain activity: When scientific advances enable neuroscientists to transplant a part of a brain into a new body (think: Frankenstein), does the person's personality/self from whom the … Continue reading Are we Bodies or Souls?