Crank-Calling Joel Osteen’s Prayer Line is like a Fart Joke

Hemant Mehta is a much-needed voice of reason for atheists. I enjoy reading his blog, share many of his views and follow his twitter account religiously (pun-intended). However, a recent post from Hemant criticizing Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, crank calling Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church on the H3 Podcast has me scratching my head. In his post, Mehta recounts what happens during the prank call to Osteen’s prayer line. I’ll spare the details since you can read the…

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When Life is Hard, Stop and Think

Mark Driscoll wrote a series of posts in his social media feeds that went like this (edited here for coherence): When life is hard… God is not punishing you. God is not failing you. God has not abandoned you. God is not acting evil toward you. God will be with you, but he will not answer every question you may have. In the transcript of this sermon, Driscoll has this to say about trials: When those seasons come,…

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King on the Church

Though Martin Luther King’s legacy is often inextricably linked to his faith in God, he was hardly a cheerleader for the church. King believed the church had failed to fight for peace and social and economic justice. He also chided churches across the United States for having done little to fight segregation and racism. “It is to their everlasting shame,” he said, “that white Christians developed a system of racial segregation within the church and inflicted…

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We Need God (or so we think)

I am reading more and more people on my FB feed that continue to use this logic: If something bad is happening to you or you are going through hard times, it’s ok because God is in control, or he is just testing you, or hard times make us love God more… or some other sort of nonsense. Listen, believe what you want, but can’t you just take a tough time in your life for what…

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Just Say No to Faith

Continuing my review of this talk by Dr. Peter Boghossian about faith, he uses one word during his talk that will cause many to scoff at his assertions. He calls people of faith “delusional”. This isn’t a popular notion, but following the logic he offers during his talk, I have to agree with him again. The use of the word “delusional” when referring to people of faith may seem unkind, but it’s not. It’s nothing personal at all, although…

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Faith Based Thinking is Unreliable

Dr. Peter Boghossian says that “faith based thinking is unreliable” in his recent lecture and I agree with him. The question he asks is: “Are some ways of solving problems better than other ways of solving problems?” The answer is obviously yes. To support this, he gives a simple example. If you want to know the measurement of a door, there are many ways you could go about getting the answer. You could ask your dog. You could sacrifice…

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I Feel He Is Risen

Every Christian holiday is the same, but Easter seems more “in my face”. I blame it on Facebook since I am certain that most of my friends wouldn’t physically walk up to me and say, “Hello, He is risen” . They also wouldn’t have the impulse to show me 27 pictures of their stinky infant with mashed potatoes on his face, but that’s Facebook for you. This morning I wake up at 7:00 and roll over,…

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It’s Saturday, but Monday’s Comin’!

Easter weekend. Easter eggs, bunny rabbits and Jesus raising from the dead. It all makes sense doesn’t it? Christians aren’t as offended by the Easter Bunny as they seem to be by Santa Claus. It’s not often you hear the cries to “put Christ back into Easter”. But even I was a little taken back when I saw this at a local store.   It’s such a mixed bag of metaphors. You have the cross, then…

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Earthquakes, Tsunamis and God

What do earthquakes and tsunamis have in common with God?? Absolutely nothing. Let’s be clear about my perspective on this issue. To say that God caused the earthquake or the tsunami that followed, is ludicrous. To state that God had any hand in protecting certain people from harm while others drowned is idiotic. To insinuate that God has a way of manipulating circumstances and situations to accomplish a higher purpose or will is insane. Over the…

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