Some kid at Bible camp ran up behind my son, Jadon, and slapped him on the back of the neck. I guess he wanted to take on the biggest guy in the cabin. Jadon whirled around, narrowed his eyes and growled. The kid, immediately regretting his decision, resorted to playing the Jesus card, “Now, now,…… Continue reading DDWJWD (Don’t Do What Jesus Would Do) – Series Intro
Those who insist that we use the Bible as a set of religious and moral imperatives often support their view with passages like 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Let’s take a fresh look at that one for a moment: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the…… Continue reading Prophets that Profit
Direct communication is better than pre-recorded messages.
Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I…… Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma
“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