God and Evil

I’ve been wrestling with the problem of God and evil for a while. It’s not a typo. The problem, to me, goes beyond good and evil and forces us to confront the problem of God and evil. Christians claim that their religion is the only true authentic religion—the only religion that includes divine incarnation, bodily … Continue reading God and Evil

A Shaky Foundation

When we support assertions with other assertions, the only people who will accept what we have to say are those who already agree with us, and simpletons who can’t be bothered with applying any intellectual rigor to what we are saying.

The Housechurch Movement Ruined My Life

Heather Goodman over at “All Things Are Yours” has written a great post about the pitfalls of the house church movement. I’m re-blogging it here, unedited.  The title is intentionally dramatic, but don’t be put off by it. The article is very balanced, something that is quite rare, in my experience.  She eloquently addresses some insidious areas where those who leave the institutional church may tend to miss the mark.

All Things are Yours

Catchy title, no?   I thought about various things I could call this blog post when I started writing it — things like, “The Dark Hole of House Church” and “the Dangers of Housechurch” and the “Slough of Housechurch Despondency.”   I finally settled on “The Housechurch Movement ruined my life” because, there’s enough truth in that to be worth titling this post that, and, I bet it will make you curious — and rightfully so.

First, let me talk about what I mean by “the Housechurch Movement.”  In recent years, regular institutional-style churches have taken to calling midweek meetings that go on in homes a whole host of names, anything from “life groups” to “cell groups” but occasionally “house church” or “home church.”   At any rate, these things are generally healthy and that’s not the house church movement I am talking about.

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Coercing Belief

When someone says they are taking a belief on faith, realize that their “faith” has to come from somewhere.  If it doesn’t come from evidence, it is coming from a feeling, from some other human “authority” figure, or from peer pressure. I will freely admit that I don’t have all the answers.  I may be a skeptic, but I’m willing to be convinced.  I just need to see evidence before I’ll accept something as true.  I refuse to assent to an assertion as being true just because someone else believes it. 

When Parting Ways Becomes Necessary

As I reflected on my last post on seeking truth and maintaining cordial relations with others despite our disagreements, I felt that something was missing.  So I figured I’d do a follow up post that offers some balance.  What was missing was an acknowledgment of the unfortunate reality that despite our intentions of good will, … Continue reading When Parting Ways Becomes Necessary

What is Truth?

We disagree—you, me, everyone.  Like fingerprints, every single individual’s worldview and perspective are unique.  No two people on this earth will agree on everything.  So we argue and fight over the issues that are most important to us. Working through issues on which we disagree can be extremely educational, but our disagreements can also create … Continue reading What is Truth?

Dissecting the Trinity, Part III

Dissecting the Trinity, Part I Dissecting the Trinity, Part II As we continue to look at the various Christian views of the nature of God, there is one hybrid view that is likely to be rejected by both strict Trinitarians and strict Unitarians but I believe, manages to preserve the most accurate view of the … Continue reading Dissecting the Trinity, Part III