Why did God order all those people killed in the Bible? Why does he condemn people to Hell? Why did he let so-and-so die or such-and-such terrible thing happen? Even Christians like myself wrestle with these things. Unfortunately, giving a satisfactory answer (or rather, answers), would take ten books, four articles, and three Youtube videos. … Continue reading Why Does God Do Bad Things?
I’ve gotten a bit of attention for calling myself an R-Rated Christian. Usually, those two phrases go together like peanut butter and barbecue sauce. I’m happy to announce that most of the reactions I’ve gotten have been good. I’ve been able to find other Christians who are proud to don their over-eighteen moniker, and if … Continue reading R-Rated Christianity
I got tricked, dag nabbit! Okay, here’s what happened. I was having a rough day at work. Nothing terrible, just a common mist that comes over me now and again and darkens the sun. I’m desperate for a writing career, and while I’ve had some successes—a few published stories, a growing following, and good reviews … Continue reading How I Fell Into God’s Trap
So many aspects of Christianity get forgotten by too many Christians--usually those with a camera on them, unfortunately. I've recently talked about these aspects under the banner of S.A.F.E. Christians. S for Secure--You can come to me without fear of judgment or gossip. A for Affectionate--I will care about you even if I don't agree … Continue reading S.A.F.E. Christians–E for Everyone
We've talked about the need for Christians to be secure places for the outsiders to go, as well as affectionate people who care about more than their own safety and achievements. But security and affection only go so far. Jesus was about going the extra mile--literally! (Matthew 5:41) To really be S.A.F.E. for the world--and even … Continue reading S.A.F.E. Christians–F for Fighter
Previously, I said I wanted to start being a S.A.F.E. Christian, meaning a Secure, Affectionate, Fighter for Everyone. To see that general overview, click here. Today, however, I want to focus on the first letter: S for Secure. You can come to me without fear of judgment or gossip. Right and Wrong First, we have … Continue reading S.A.F.E. Christians–S for Secure
Every Christian has been there. You're reading your Bible--God's inspired word. Divinity sits in your lap. As you peruse the teachings of Jesus, the acts of the disciples, the prophecies, the histories, and the letters, a light shines in your brain and you realize a great truth: "I haven't had Arby's in, like, forever!" Your … Continue reading When Reading Your Bible Is Stupid and Lame