Not against religion

I just can’t take it anymore. The next time I hear someone say “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship,” well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I won’t remain silent any more. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve said this myself! I’ve said lots of things. only some of them have beenContinue reading “Not against religion”

Are we in Sync?

I saw and re-tweeted a request for prayer for Belize this morning. Our Church is sending a team on mission there in April, so it caught my attention. That I was invited to pray for Belize wasn’t blog-worthy. The other point the tweet shared was. Apparently much of Belize has been evangelized, but there isContinue reading “Are we in Sync?”

Confirmation Bias

I just read another blog post about an atheist attempting to disprove Christianity and becoming converted in the process. Once upon a time I was impressed by such stories.  No; more than impressed, I was convinced this kind of thing was the linchpin to converting the rest of the world to the truth of Christianity.Continue reading “Confirmation Bias”

You and the Bible

This past week I visited a Sunday School class where Luke 14:25-35 was the topic. The opening discussion focused on verse 26: “Whoever comes to me and doesn’t hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters—yes, even one’s own life—cannot be my disciple. Actually, the focus was almost entirely on one wordContinue reading “You and the Bible”

The # 1 way we (Christians) have failed our children

A friend shared this on Facebook the other day: “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?” I asked the children in my Sunday School class. “NO!” the children all answered. “If I cleaned the churchContinue reading “The # 1 way we (Christians) have failed our children”

If it were this easy, EVERYONE would do it!

I followed this SUV most of my way home the other day.  While I suppose some of you may tell me that God was trying to tell me something else, here is what I took from this “inspirational” sticker. Prayer does work, I agree.  In my experience, however, it rarely works is a way thatContinue reading “If it were this easy, EVERYONE would do it!”

My Belated Apologies, Paul and Art

Yesterday I cracked open Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark.  This is the July selection for our Summer Book Club.   Here’s how the Introduction opens: I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the LORD, theContinue reading “My Belated Apologies, Paul and Art”

This is just WRONG

In case you hadn’t heard/read this elsewhere, a church in Joplin Missouri raffled off 2 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. While I cannot say I am surprised, I will tell you I am appalled. Not only does this support gambling – yes, raffles are gambling – but look deeper into what is going on here. This particularContinue reading “This is just WRONG”

It must be God! Right?

77 Preachers Can’t be Wrong! I saw this claim on the bottom of a poster in a shop window.  My immediate response was a chuckling, “Yes, they could.”  If you look back over the last couple hundred years, you’ll notice we get it wrong sometimes. This post isn’t really about preachers getting it wrong.  TodayContinue reading “It must be God! Right?”