"Hey, you're dressed queer."I look over. The speaker is an elderly man, mid-70s I'd guess. He is tall and thin and is wearing of those caps that cabbies wore in movies from the Forties. "You're dressed queer," he snarls. "Why you dressed so queer." I have on my usual fringes, and, for good measure, have … Continue reading The Bible on the Bible
God is more to be feared than any consequence of obeying him.
I used to have a recurring nightmare. I'd enter a dark room where I sensed a malevolent presence. Instinctively, I'd flip the switch on the wall, but the light wouldn't respond. Fear would grip my heart as I vainly repeated my attempts to shed light on whoever or whatever approached me in the darkness. It's … Continue reading Black Light
My cousin is a Jehovah's Witness. She and I had a conversation a while back. I asked her, "When Jesus said that he had given his disciples God's name, what name did he mean?" "Jehovah." was her unhesitating response. Then I asked her where in the Gospels do we find an instance of Jesus ever … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
When someone who claims to believe in Christ comes to me with insurmountable problems, I have to wonder whether God has failed them or vice versa. Actually, I don't wonder, I know which one it is. To help us all continue to move towards healing, I thought I'd make a simple decision tree to troubleshoot … Continue reading Trouble Shoot
When Jesus set out to make disciples, he gathered committed people around him and did life with them. Yes, he taught the multitudes, but it doesn't seem that those people became champions of the kingdom after his death. Perhaps many of them were actually among the throngs demanding that Pilate crucify him. His teaching seems … Continue reading Body Life Part 1 – United
If something in nature has to obey a speed limit, did someone set that limit.
"Now the reason why we so readily accept (Satan's) accusations is that we are still hoping to have some righteousness of our own."
If we agree that Ephesians 2:1-3 describes the lost state and then say that Romans 7 describes the common Christian experience, then we imply that the gospel produces no significant practical results.
Does it matter what words or names we use to describe things? I would contend that it does. Word meaning is a function of the way society uses them. While we might continue to want to use a word or phrase in a particular way, we don't get to determine their meaning. Society does that … Continue reading Signs and New Wine