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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Homosexuality WAS a Sin

My friend Eddie posted this link on his Facebook page: Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening? Here’s my thoughts for what it is worth. I am a lot like the author of this article. I know several gay people and many of them are Christians. When my first friend came out about 15 years ago, I was shocked. As an evangelical pastor who believed that you couldn’t be both gay and Christian it was a tough…

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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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We Have What We Need

No matter what happened to us in the past, right now we can take responsibility for working compassionately with our habits, our thoughts and emotions. We can take the emphasis off who hurt us and put it on disentangling ourselves. If someone shoots an arrow into my chest, I can let the arrow fester while I scream at my attacker, or I can remove the arrow as quickly as possible. In this very lifetime, I have…

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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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Muslims are just like Christians

CONSIDER: every devout Muslim has the same reasons for being a Muslim that you have for being a Christian. And yet you do not find their reasons compelling. The Koran repeatedly declares that it is the perfect word of the creator of the universe. Muslims believe this as fully as you believe the Bible’s account of itself. There is a vast literature describing the life of Muhammad that, from the point of view of Islam, proves…

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