#GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”

The Christian faith isn't about being "good" and trying not to do anything "wrong." ‪ #‎Jesus‬ wasn't just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him - a relationship severed by my rejection and … Continue reading #GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”

“Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?”

I only opened the door because I thought it was a delivery. I've been doing a bunch of online Christmas shopping. There was no smiling Amazon box on my porch. It was a smiling guy wearing a tie, holding a zippered book and what appeared to be a Bible tucked in his armpit. Thought Bubble: … Continue reading “Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?”

Richard Dawkins acknowledges the possibility of Intelligent Design…

How did I not know this? Anti-theist, Richard Dawkins believes in the possibility of intelligent design: "It could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, by probably some kind of Darwinian means, to a very, very high level of technology and … Continue reading Richard Dawkins acknowledges the possibility of Intelligent Design…

Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.”

Been thinking about something Richard Dawkins said when he spoke about meeting someone who claims to be religious: "Mock them. Ridicule them. In public." Religion "needs to be ridiculed. With contempt." And the crowd he addressed laughed and cheered and applauded. I don't agree. I can't fathom a single situation in which contemptuous ridicule is … Continue reading Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.”

We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

Re-written is one way to say it. But the word "re-written" tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word "re-written" is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the … Continue reading We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum)

In The Risk of Discipleship Practices, the second post in this blog series on the difference Between "a Good Christian Life" and Abundant Life in Christ, I talked about Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, and how he practiced the presence of God, no matter where he went or what he was doing. I decided … Continue reading practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum)

doubt assumptions, ask questions, search for answers.

When I work as a computer trainer and consultant, I offer potential or new clients a free "needs analysis." It didn't take me long to realize that most of these clients fall into one of three categories: 1. They know exactly what they need, and they are right. They understand their situation and possibilities. 2. … Continue reading doubt assumptions, ask questions, search for answers.

say what you mean, but don’t be mean when you say it.

I've been saying that for years. To my kids, to students and to myself, whenever the situation calls for it. It's one of my idioms. This afternoon, I read an article about a controversial subject in which the writer gave the distinct impression that anyone who doesn't agree with them is ignorant. Not ignorant in … Continue reading say what you mean, but don’t be mean when you say it.

I never knew that what I was missing even existed.

When people asked me if I went to church, I said yes. As a child, I believed all the Bible stories and I knew where to put every single felt Bible character on the flannel board. I knew all the words to “Now I lay me down to sleep” and “God is great, God is … Continue reading I never knew that what I was missing even existed.