On Miracles

The Bible tells us in Romans that in order to be saved we need to believe two things. 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with…

Excruciating Observations

Paul determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2) I used this as an example of how Paul viewed his own leadership qualifications and I want to look at it. What does that mean? What does it look like? I think I want that, to have everything shaped and changed…

Christopher Hitchens and Metallica

Kimberly and I have discussed the merits of the classic Metallica ballad Unforgiven. She expressed her dislike of the song and subject material as far as being dubbed unforgiven, which is understandable. I explained that the idea of the song was not simply declaring there is no such thing as forgiveness but that it followed…

Am I pleasing to God?

I had a discussion during a worship practice over some song lyrics which is always a good thing to do. The question of our state of being pleasing before the Lord came up. Now the preface was where does the Bible say “I am pleased with you” You know, chapter and verse? Well it doesn’t…

Chasing the Carrot

Theology of hope and blessing are an interesting thing. Always having hope is important. It is essential to the Christian life. Looking toward the future with expectation in Christ’s return is important. Looking forward to the day of our redemption is vital to Christian health. Knowing where we are going is important to any journey….

On God and gods

A new year but still an old theological debate. By the time I wrote this many had already taken the task of answering this question and thank God, more people need to speak up about this. But it is going around so I will still add my two cents. Of recent the question “Don’t we all just worship the same God? The Jews,…

Dying a Death that Kills

A man makes his plans but God directs his steps. Solomon tells us that even our jobs are vanity. The conclusion of the matter is unless we fear God and serve him first, then our work will be vain, and ultimately all of life. Holding on for life is a great thing to do on…

My Dahli Lament

War, war never changes. To quote a modern proverb. With the recent attacks on Paris the world once again is reminded we have an enemy that will not relent, will not stop until we all convert or are killed. Shame on us for forgetting. These wolves will not go away. The Dahli Lama is a…

Beat the System

I recently was inspired to listen to my Christian 80’s rock again. I always come back to Petra and Stryper as bands that not only had great music, but they had theology that not a lot of today’s music seem to be able find.  This is not another blog about Christian music though it is…

In suspect of Institutions

I have said many times that I don’t really care what politics and the world are doing. They are never going to agree with Christianity or live up to its worldview, nor should we expect them to. That is what the gospel is for. I do care when people speak as if Christians and grossly…

A re-New Hope

Writing straight theology is easy for me, but returning to my personal walk is a challenge. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, sometimes I have to be honest about where I am. These words from the Cure’s song Maybe Someday sometimes haunt me. No I won’t do it again, I don’t want to pretend If it can’t…

Sin the other church four letter word

Sin is such a vile word that the world hated Jesus for his use of it. Jesus admits this himself: John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. Jesus also tells us that we will be hated like him because of our association with…