The question of eternal punishment for the “unsaved” seems to keep popping up these days. I’ve read several well-reasoned (as opposed to strictly emotional) articles over the last few days on this topic, one of which was Jim Gordon’s post on hell over at Done With Religion. It was a thought-provoking article, and I really … Continue reading Thoughts on Eternal Punishment
Jesus’ message is often rejected—not just by non-Christians, many of whom aren’t actually familiar with His true message, but by many Christians—the self-proclaimed religious elite of our day. Jesus brought a message of freedom, forgiveness, kindness, reconciliation, and hope. It sounds good, and if we all followed His simple principles of loving God to the … Continue reading Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven
Imagine a gigantic mural that is beautiful beyond description. Now imagine looking at this mural through a soda straw. You might see a small portion pretty clearly, but obviously, your view would be pretty limited, and you would find it impossible to perceive the whole if you were only able to view it through that … Continue reading A Million Soda Straws
A weirdly self-contradicting fallacy which our culture clutches like a drunk clutches a half-empty bottle of booze is that sexual identity is paramount, yet sexual activity is itself, insignificant. The popular narrative offers confusing justification for pursuing uninhibited sexuality: “It’s just entertainment—so it’s ok.” “You are defined by your chosen sexual identity—so it’s ok.” … Continue reading The Transcendent Significance of Human Sexuality
A legend is told of a talented screenwriter who wrote what was purported to be the greatest movie script of all time. Because he wanted to ensure his movie was faithful to his vision, he produced and directed the movie himself. The movie was lengthy and quite controversial, and it received mixed reviews. Over time, … Continue reading The Greatest Movie Ever Produced
Humans universally spend a tremendous amount of time debating how we (and by we, I mean other people) should act. We have laws to govern our behavior. We have religious codes of conduct that are even more restrictive. The arguing over whether we should have stricter or more permissive laws is endless. Religious denominations fight … Continue reading Choose Life
I’ve had some thoughts rattling around my mind for the last week or two, and then I saw this great post from Michael Clark. He provides insight into a problem I’ve faced and which I think many Christians face, and I figured I’d add some reinforcement. I get the impression that many Christians have it in … Continue reading Set Up to Fail
I do not think that God is just. I always thought He was, and the consensus certainly is that God is just; but now I’m not so sure that’s the case. I was taught that justice and mercy were both virtues which God possessed and which we were to strive to uphold. I used to … Continue reading Is God Just?
Christians are frequently accused of being judgmental. The typical rebuttal is that that is absolutely false! “We love everybody, and want everyone to find Jesus. In fact, anyone is welcome to come worship with us.” Now that may be true for the most part, but there’s always a caveat: they (the sinners) must be willing … Continue reading Sinners!
Our culture is unquestionably trending toward a lack of restraint in the area of sexuality. I’m reasonably certain that human sexuality is the most drama-inducing and conflict-producing facet of humanity. And despite strident claims to the contrary, personal sexuality does, in fact, impact society. Ironically, those that pretend otherwise are the most vocal and ostentatious … Continue reading Jesus Was Not a Christian