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…Read More Faith Based Thinking is Unreliable
My friend recently updated her Facebook page with the following: I woke up this morning and realized God doesn’t exist. Holy shit! The backlash that followed caught her by surprise. She did expect to receive some comments, questions, concern and possible intense debate. What was unexpected was the personal attacks that ensued. Here’s what she wrote to me after her “friends” comments regarding her epiphany. Some of this may have been triggered by the backlash that…Read More Believe or Else
…or not?? This is testimony time. You get a chance to share why you believe what you believe. I am presuming that most that visit here are Christians, so I want to know why it is that you have come to the faith that you have in Christ. And if you aren’t a Christian, then share that as well. But you have to keep it short… 250 words or less… This isn’t a trick question and…Read More Why Do You Believe?
These five things are a certainty in life. 1. Everything changes and ends. 2. Things do not always go according to plan. 3. Life is not always fair. 4. Pain is part of life. 5. People are not loving and loyal all the time. It is vital that I not live in denial of these givens. Being somewhat stupid, it has taken me some time to learn that I cannot fight against these truths. I must…Read More Five Givens
What’s wrong with being happy? I am learning that there is nothing wrong with it. Admitting this though makes me feel very, very selfish. And why is that I wonder? Lately I have been giving this much thought and I have an idea. Growing up in the evangelical faith I was primarily taught that as Christians we aren’t guaranteed happiness. As a matter of fact, by and large, I felt that I was discouraged to seek…Read More The Happy Post
Well it is Friday evening and I am wrapping up the talk for this weekend. I had a couple of nice emails this week where people opened up and shared stories of their journey to discover grace in their own lives. From what they wrote, I guess I am not the only one who doesn’t quite have a handle on this grace idea just yet! There seems to be a mystery as to how God can…Read More Communicating Grace
In Luke 15 we find the story of “The Prodigal Son”. This story has become the “grace story” of the Bible. Son asks Dad for inheritance, son leaves home, son spends all his money, son ends up homeless and hungry, son crawls back home, Dad welcomes him back with widely opened arms! Amazing Grace. On one hand this story makes sense. Which one of us that has children wouldn’t throw open the doors to our children…Read More Senseless Grace
My early reading in preparation for my talk this weekend is emphasizing the concept of a “Grace Revolution”. As a person that claims to follow Christ, I need to understand how he lived this concept. Not just understand it with my head, but understand it with my life. One of the problems of us Stupid Church People is that we are kind of dull (hence the name) at times. We just don’t get it! Jesus actually…Read More Grace Revolution
This next weekend (April 24) I have been invited to speak at my church. The topic that I have been asked to speak on is GRACE and/or getting second chances in life! I get this opportunity from time to time. It is quite cathartic to be able to speak now as a non-paid staff person. I feel a little more free and less constrained by the responses of others. Getting the chance to speak again publicly…Read More Finding Grace
Joshua Livingston, one of the original founders of Valencia, Calif.-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. has returned to the company to head its new Biblical doll unit, One2Believe. The company expects to sell about 50,000 of the Biblical dolls by the end of the year, with the Jesus doll — not surprisingly — expected to be the top seller. It hopes to also bring out an Esther doll by the end of the year and hopes…Read More Tickle Me Jesus!