Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (which means, “God is with us”). Matthew 1:22-23 If we needed a word to summarize the Christian faith, the Gospel of our … Continue reading "Immanuel Means Love Your Neighbor"
What do very many Christians and very many atheists have in common? Believe it or not, they view the Bible pretty similarly. What could an atheist and a Christian both think about the Bible? Both often act as though the Bible were a house of cards. We’ve all seen card houses. As children, we all … Continue reading "The Bible Is Not a House of Cards"
Evil is evil. Could there be a statement more pathetically obvious, yet more profoundly ominous? We live in a world rife with evil. Every day, there is murder and mayhem on the news. School shootings have become more routine than Presidential elections, and more children on this planet are malnourished than well-fed. Many nations reek … Continue reading "When God Steps Back: The Law and The Problem of Evil"
As many of you know by now, I am no longer a classical Calvinist. But alas, as almost as many of you probably wonder, what I believe on such matters is no longer obvious, either. So for anyone who never read all of my posts on Evangelical Calvinism (located here if you are interested), or … Continue reading "TULIP Status Update"
“I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” “The only difference between Christians and non-Christians is that we’ve accepted God’s gift of forgiveness.” Ever heard anything like these? Stuff like this is a common sentiment. Everyone’s a sinner, and Christians are just sinners who’ve had their sins cleared from their record before God. There is also a strong … Continue reading "The Bible Calls Us Saints, Not Sinners"
Sharing. This is one of the first lessons we are taught as children. Yet this lesson is also one of the first that we forget. We may not think so, but sharing is something we really don’t do well, at least how that Jesus asked us to. Let’s see what He had to say: Give … Continue reading "How Serious Was Jesus About Sharing?"