A while back I read an article titled something like The Top Three Idols In The Christian Church (but I can't find it to link to it or quote it). Anyway, the idols discussed in the article were theological differences. Wait. What? Your beliefs are different than mine, therefore they are an idol to you. … Continue reading Christian Idols
"Which God? There is but one true God!" How can a statement be both completely true and totally wrong at the same time? What do you do when philosophy and religion collide with rational thought? "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." ~Oscar Wilde I read a Facebook post months (or more) ago by a … Continue reading Which God?
There is something in each and every one of us that was placed there long before conception. Genesis tells us that God formed mankind in His image. The Gospel of John says that everything that was ever made was made in and through the Word (Jesus, not the Bible). I believe we all carry a piece of … Continue reading Spark of the Divine
I'm a Christian. I am a Christian. I. Am. A. Christian. It's a simple phrase, but I often have a hard time saying it. At least lately. It was easier to claim to be a Christian when I wasn't even going to church! I guess the thing that I wanted to avoid with using the … Continue reading I Am A Christian (Taking It Back)
We (Americans, at least) tend to go through phases - not only what's in or out, but what is acceptable and unacceptable. In our recent history, one of these things has been tolerance. Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree … Continue reading Repenting of Tolerance
I was talking with a co-worker recently, and he made it quite clear to me that "consequences" are what was missing from the sermons these days. He grew up going to a traditional (Methodist, I believe) church and, apparently, every sermon was full of "Don't do [sin of the week] or you're going to Hell!" That … Continue reading Consequences… Are They Missing?
I attended church from a very early age (maybe four, for sure by five), every Sunday, twice a day: Sunday School, pews, hymnals, baptisms, sermons, Bible stories, Commandments... And that was just my time at the Baptist Church. The Pentecostal Church we later attended, although opening my eyes to more spiritual things, laid an even … Continue reading Losing My Religion
I was recently challenged by a reader about Jesus not speaking much about love in the Gospels. I thought that was preposterous (and I still do). But Jesus not only spoke of love, He was love in motion. He didn't take a day off; He was loving 24/7. Even in His rebukes to the Pharisees, … Continue reading Jesus v Love?
In the Bible, we see God telling King David he can't build the Temple because he was a man of war, and He wanted His Temple to be built by a man of peace (1st Chronicles 22:8). Yet, whenever the Jews thought about the Messiah, they expected a Warrior King to come and liberate them … Continue reading Not That Kind of Messiah
I was listening to a preacher speak about healing and anger, which I have to admit was an interesting ride, but something I needed to hear nonetheless. In his sermon, he mentioned how Jesus (much like himself) had a “healing ministry.” Something resonated with me in that statement, but I wasn’t sure what it was … Continue reading How We See Jesus