Words of Healing “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” – Jesus (Matt 24:35).

1Mar/154

Is God Narcissistic?

I like my pastor, not only because he has a good sense of humor, but because he teaches what I would call an authentic Christianity. An authentic Christianity, I would say, is one that is marked by submission to God’s authority–being a follower of Jesus–rather than merely giving lip service to the Bible. However, on […]

17Jul/131

The Open-Minded Person

By definition, open-mindedness is being receptive to argument. Open-mindedness has nothing to do with what you believe but how you respond to people who disagree with you. A truly open-minded person doesn’t simply want to know what a person believes but also wants to know why, listens to the argument, then makes a decision on […]

26Jun/130

Life’s Little Lessons: God’s Jealousy is a Good Thing.

Oprah Winfrey in one snippet on YouTube that I saw was saying that she gave up on Christianity when she heard that God was jealous “of her.”  Now clearly, either the pastor preaching misspoke or she misunderstood, because God is not jealous “of her” but “for her.”  However, she’s not alone in this misunderstanding.  In […]

19Apr/131

Faith: It Might Not Be What You Think

Two men, Adam and Fred, wake up one morning.  As they wake up, they immediately recall that this is the day they are going to fly to England.  Adam is so excited to go flying that he can’t wait to get there.  Fred, on the other hand is anxious, afraid, and thinks, “if men were […]

25Mar/130

Can God Create a Rock so Big He Can’t Lift It?

This question came up recently, and I was surprised people still ask this…but anyway, as to an answer it is not all that complicated. This is a question deliberately trying to “trap” the person into answering that “God can’t do something” no matter how the person answers. However, with a question like this, I have […]

21Sep/119

Why is Abraham Called the Friend of God?

In the Bible, Abraham is the only person in the Old Testament who is called the friend of God (2 Chron 20:7, Isa 41:8).  Even Moses to whom God spoke face to face was still called “my servant Moses” (Num 12:7-8).  So, I can’t help but wonder what it is that makes Abraham more than […]

10Sep/110

Nobody Understands the Love of God

When I was a child, I knew that my parents loved me unconditionally.  However, as much as I thought I did, I simply didn’t understand their love.  It wasn’t until the first of my three sons was born that I finally understood the love a father has for his child.  Frankly, it was overwhelming, and […]

15Sep/100

Christian-ese “It’s not a Religion, It’s a Relationship”

If you’ve been around Christians much, you’ve probably heard someone say, “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”  Christians have thrown this phrase around so much that I can’t help but wonder if anyone considers what it really means.  For the person who’s not a Christian that hears this, they’re probably thinking, “Um, look up […]

20May/090

President Obama and the Abortion Issue

I sit here with multiple headlines on my computer screen. “Obama calls for understanding in Notre Dame speech” (Yahoo). “Obama calls for ‘fair-minded’ abortion debate” (MSNBC). However, the most surprising headline, which happened just before this debate surfaced, is summed up in this headline: “More Americans Pro-Life Than Pro-Choice for First Time” (Gallup). This year’s […]

1Jan/020

Legacy of a Quiet Man

As it is with everyone, I cannot even begin to express the impact that my parents have had on my life, especially since I would not even exist except for their love for one another.  That alone would be enough for my eternal gratitude, for I have been given the opportunity to live, to experience […]