Even if millions of Jesus clones could somehow produce a functioning society, his example would still fail to address the vast array of choices and experiences even within the life of one individual. Consider this admittedly-hard-to-follow quote from the singular mind of John Oman: But, when we imagine that we can finally direct our lives … Continue reading Multiple Personality Design – DDWJWD Part4
Direct communication is better than pre-recorded messages.
If something in nature has to obey a speed limit, did someone set that limit.
The religious group that I came up in was built on the notion that God gave the New Testament to humanity as a blueprint for the way he wanted them to live and worship him. We believed that in the letters of Paul God had prescribed exactly how he wanted collective worship to be performed … Continue reading Strange Fire
The following article is about atheism and philanthropy. Notice that of the $430,000 raised for cancer research in 2012 by "atheist groups," $215,000 came from Stiefel (who is independently wealthy) and that a large portion of the remainder came from Christians. No wonder Stiefel doesn't want to entirely alienate religious people. Obviously, he recognizes that they're the … Continue reading Charity Disparity
One of the elders of our church used to work for Social Security. The other day he told me about how Social Security absorbed the administration of state-run disability benefits. To streamline the process, they sought to automate the system through the use of computers. An outside vendor was brought in to pitch a system which could handle the massive load. The … Continue reading What Works
I've had several conversations with atheists and agnostics regarding the existence of the God of the Bible. After all is said and very little done, their objections almost always come down to disbelief in a character who would create moral beings knowing they would sin and then cause them to suffer eternally for sinning. They … Continue reading Hell? No!
I just reblogged a post on Islamophobia. I agree with the facts related in the post and with the contention that many people fail to call out the misdeeds of Muslims out of fear of backlash or worse. However, I would not say that Islam is ultimately to blame for the evils committed by some … Continue reading Strategic Planning
So I've coined a new saying, "When you're right, you're Nathan." Just kidding. But how do we hold to truth without coming off as arrogant or judgmental? Acts 17-18 holds an important message for Christ followers in this regard. When You're Right
I’m coming to believe that human thought goes through three phases on individual and societal levels. Humans begin in intellectual childhood. They believe the things they’ve been told. They are limited by rules and driven by fear. Some societies and individuals remain in childhood. Often they do this because those entrusted to lead them seek … Continue reading Growing Young