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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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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I Wish We’d All Been Ready

The most recent hype surrounding the Family Radio ministry’s prediction that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011 has really got me to thinking and reading. According to the Pew Research Center, most Christians (almost 80%) believe in the second coming of Jesus in some way, shape or form. However, from what I have read, most of the mainline Christian groups regard Harold Camping a nut-job. As examples of this, I need only point to my friends…

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Life, Death and Some Things Inbetween

As a Christian I feared death more than anything. One would think with the hope of heaven in my heart and mind, I would find comfort in closing my eyes for the final time. After all, isn’t the thought of heaven a much better alternative than life here on this earth? Not for me. Let me explain. I am now of the position that one of the foundational reasons people buy into religion on any level…

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Are You Gonna Go My Way

In the world of the Christian (particularly the evangelical brand), there is only one way. Jesus. Suggest to your evangelical friends that there is more than one way and you will be met with resistance. Strong resistance. Why? Fear. If there is more than one way for anyone, then it leaves open the possibility that there is more than one way for the Christian. As Robert Price says in “The Reason Driven Life” when he speaks…

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“You can’t miss it…”

“…when I tell you it’s there.” That’s a quote from this talk from TED featuring Michael Shermer. He is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine and here he discusses “Strange Beliefs”. UFO’s, Mother Mary on a cheese sandwich, tributes to Satan in music lyrics… all of these can be traced back to seeing whatever you want to see. The mind can be tricked easily and it’s really a shame if we don’t recognize that. The church often…

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The Guesswork Christian

Most Christians I know have a problem. Their life experiences and interactions with people do not match up with the Bible. This new knowledge and understanding lends itself to a life of grays… and the Bible does not tend to lend itself to a life lived in the grays. Biblical truth often becomes subjective and left to the complete and total interpretation of the reader. You can find almost any biblical scholar to back you up…

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