Did you see the film God’s Not Dead 2? I didn’t, because I watch enough bad movies by accident, I don’t need to do it on purpose. It was widely panned as Right-Winged propaganda, and from the clips I’ve seen, yeah, that’s pretty true. But you want to know something weird? For a film that … Continue reading The ACTUAL Anti-Christian Conspiracy
If you're still with me, God bless your patience. I've been trying to unpack why Christianity makes sense, at least to me. In Part 1, I said that atheism doesn't hold water. In Part 2, I argued that multiple religions can't coexist, not without bowing to some order that judges them all, thereby negating the … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Three: Why Not Another Religion?
How can just one religion be right? This is the second of three questions bundled in the broader inquiry "Why would anyone be a Christian?" I can only answer for myself, but I'm doing my best over this three-part series. Last week, I talked about the question "Why religion at all? Why not atheism?" Vastly … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Two: Why Just One Religion?
I don't want you guys to make the same mistakes I did. I spent the majority of my 20s in a depressed funk, wondering why my life didn't seem to work. Yet I was a Christian who claimed to know the One True Hope. Was that hope failing me or was I doing something wrong? … Continue reading How God Wrecked My Life So Beautifully
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
I've always had trouble with the idea of trusting in God. What does that mean? It's such a vague statement. And every time I think I'm trusting God, it seems I'm wrong. Lately, God has been hammering this home, showing me that I trust and hope in too many things that aren't him, namely myself and my … Continue reading When Breathing is an Act of Faith
It's one of the unspoken truths in the Christian mainstream: Israel is important. Pray for Israel, stand for Israel, send support to Israel. But allow me to humbly provoke you by asking...why? Half the time, this is not discussed. You just support Israel if you're a Christian. However, doing things without thought is not Godly. Remember … Continue reading Why Christians Need to Stop Overvaluing Israel
Christians be like, "Michael, you shouldn't say that! God does not go crazy!" Okay, okay, you're right...God has ALWAYS been crazy and I keep forgetting it. All through the Bible, God has acted in ways you couldn't call "normal." Parting the Red Sea, turning water into blood, walking on water--he likes to mess with water. … Continue reading When God Goes Completely Crazy
"What do you think about the whole 'gay marriage' thing? For it? Ban it?" asked the total stranger. He had popped up on my Facebook messages quite out of thin air. His name didn't ring a bell, we weren't FB friends, and he even confirmed that this was a totally random question to a stranger. … Continue reading Be Prepared for Surprises
It's a legitimate question, in a sense: if God wants everybody to believe in him, why doesn't he just show himself? I think the common answer from Christians is "He DOES show himself! Look at the flowers and the trees and the beauty of creation! All of creation is a--" Yes, yes, we get it, … Continue reading Why God Can’t Just Show Himself