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Carry on My Wayward Son – Congressman Anthony Weiner

I’ve written it before and I’m writing it again. As life around me has become complex, the remedy for the complexities have become simple: trust in the Lord with all your heart. This has brought great peace and joy to me as I’ve learned in a very pro-active and productive environment that I am not at the helm and the buck does not stop with me. I am not promoting complacency, apathy, or laziness. It just seems that there’s lots of spinning wheels going on with little progress when perhaps God is telling us to just put it in … continue reading...

Joy held hostage to Evil- on rejoicing in Bin Laden’s Death

I posted a blog entry at the Christian Post recently.

The reported death of Bin Laden generated crowds of people on the street wrapped in American flags and cheering.  A casual look at the reaction to this reaction revealed to me that many people shared my apprehension with such a response.  Different reasons for the apprehension have been produced:

  • The Scriptures tell us not to rejoice in the deaths of our enemies:  “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Ezekiel 33:11
  • We should be deeply sorrowful about
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5 Greatest Challenges to Christianity that Apologetics Can’t Answer – Part 2

In part one of this essay I put forward two great challenges to Christianity that apologetics cannot answer.  To illustrate the weight of this matter, consider the fact that not too long ago I wrote an entry called, “Apologetics is the Answer to Everything.”   I stand by that post, still.  These challenges have more to do with attitudes then arguments and evidence.  Therein lies the difference.

Now, the first two challenges come at us from the non-Christian world.  These other three challenges lie firmly in the hands of the Christian Church.  Probably, only by meeting these three challenges … continue reading...

By Popular Demand, On Love

This was posted some time ago elsewhere and I wanted it on this blog for reference sake.


Thanks to all who commented and read my last note. It was suggested that I hadn’t yet proposed any solutions to the crisis in the Church. It is true, I hinted at it, and suggested that a study on Love with the same thoroughness that we approach many other doctrines would both highlight problems and offer solutions. In this note, I again only ‘hint.’

Here are some concepts that I think would quickly rise to the top of such a study.

1. The … continue reading...

Greatness

The disciples argued with each other about who would be greatest. Think about that. Not only grown men, but the disciples. These guys were hand-picked by God Himself for the task of being the closest to Jesus and they were arguing about which one of them would be better than the other.

Time and time again I think of the capacity every one of us have for being like this. And yet, if we are honest, we don’t believe it. How prideful we’ve become.

Jesus knew their thoughts and He stood a child next to Him and said this:… continue reading...

Barna Reflects on 6 ‘Megathemes’ Killing the Church

HT Lenny Esposito

Not too long ago I created a website called The Death of Christianity.  Its intent was to distill into one place my thoughts regarding the crisis facing the church today.    These thoughts have developed after almost 20 years of Christian apologetics, but I bring to bear numerous studies to show that my perceptions have reflected a true reality.  This week, Barna published another article detailing 6 ‘megathemes’ they had detected through surveying in 2010.

I don’t think anyone who is paying attention will be surprised.  But who is paying attention?  And of those paying attention, what … continue reading...

Christians in the Voting Booth should First Not Steal

Just posted this on my blog at Christian Post.com

In this election season it seems like there is a fair number of the American electorate that needs to be asked:  “What is it about ‘Thou shalt not steal’ that you don’t understand?”

Now, there is little use putting this question to secular humanists and atheists.  While to a man they all very much hope that humanity abides by the general principle (as far as their possessions go), since most of them reject any notion of there being a moral standard, obviously we cannot call them to act according to that … continue reading...

Liturgical or Contemporary Worship- Which one from God?

My last post ran over 2,000 words and it still did not say all that I wanted to say.  If you do read the last post, you’ll see that the title of this post already engages in the error described in it, assuming that ‘worship’ is the appropriate word to describe that gathering time among Christians once a week on Sundays.  (You really should read that last one before reacting violently to this one).

I phrased it this way, though, to help clarify my position.

I find among Christians two basic mindsets regarding the Sunday morning ‘service.’  One mindset sees … continue reading...

Three words Christians abuse: church, worship, love

The title of this post does not do the matter justice.  The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean.  The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority.  A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt.   Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...

They Hyper-Defense of God: Reprise

Yesterday’s post talked about the ‘hyper-defense of God.’  What I wanted to confront was the sort of insistence on giving God credit for things that the place of the individual human, and the Church in particular, has in carrying out God’s plan.  I gave as an illustration the fact that salvation is by grace alone through Christ- ie, accomplished by the power of God- and yet Paul can say elsewhere that he ‘saves’ people.

Yesterday, I wanted to build towards addressing the notion that God expresses his love for us, and we express our love for God, without reference to … continue reading...

Love and the Incarnation and the Hyper-Defense of God

One of the things that really bothers me in some Christian circles is the hyper-defense of God’s power and sovereignty.  Now, for the record, I am Lutheran in background and emphasis, and Lutherans are not typically known for being big on ‘sovereignty’ type stuff.  We’re supposed to see that sort of thing among Calvinists.  Actually, though, I see it within Lutherans as much as I see it anywhere else so rather than pick on my Calvinist friends allow me to illustrate it from my own home denomination.  (The faithful reader knows that I rarely, rarely, rarely address denominational issues and … continue reading...

C.S. Lewis on Universal Health Care and the Love of Some

I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below.  Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love.  Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’  The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are … continue reading...

tickling ears or touching hearts? part 2

There’s a lot of churches out there.

I have been a church-goer for 30 years. I’ve been serious about Christianity. I’m practical. I’m simple.

My seriousness about Christianity simply means (see? simple) as much as is within me, I am devoted and dedicated to the Lord. I’m not a bandwagon jumper. I hate them. I’ve seen a lot of trends in Christianity. Ones I have held to the light of what I understand is simple in the scriptures. I am not a Bible scholar. I do not have a degree. But I suppose that puts me kinda “up there” with … continue reading...

tickling ears or touching hearts?

Everyone wants to be valued. Everyone wants to be accepted. It’s the way we’re wired.

God values us. God accepts us. He’s the one that did the wiring.

Yet, we, the very proponents of the Good News can fall prey to defining and confining with conditional love (which isn’t really love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13). We’ve examined others through our own lens, defined them by our own measure, and confined them with our secret (or blatant) disqualification. We forget the debt we have been forgiven of and go out and demand from another.

So what to do? Well, … continue reading...