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?
In case you haven't heard that word before, "Apologetics" is essentially a defense or explanation for your belief in God and/or his ways. If someone says, "God is dumb," and you say, "Nuh-uh," that's your apologetic. Not a good one, but still... Christians have been defending themselves for thousands of years now, as is instructed … Continue reading 5 Ways Christians Can Improve Their Apologetics
90% of everything is crap. That’s just nature; there is more attempt than skill, and even skill must be cultivated. So why do I complain that 90% of Christian art is crap? Because unlike the rest of the world, mainstream Christianity defends its crap. While this trend is thankfully changing, there are still a staggering … Continue reading Why Defending Bad Christian Art Shows Bad Theology
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
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?
The question goes something like this: "How can an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God coexist with the oh-so-apparent evil in the world?" The common answer is that one of those three prongs of the triangle isn't true. Either God isn't all powerful, and thus he's unable to stop evil; he isn't all-knowing, and thus doesn't comprehend … Continue reading The Problem With the Problem Of Pain
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 always thought I was immune to greed. I heard of athletes who balked at a mere $10 million a year and thought, "What selfishness!" See, I didn't need all that fancy stuff that money buys. I just needed to pay my bills and have a little extra for saving, spending, and giving. Did you … Continue reading The Bank of You
I use quotes around "Dry Spells" because sometimes it's a few days without rain and sometimes it's a freaking trek through the Sahara and the only thing you've had to eat in three weeks was the guy who died of thirst before you did. Metaphorically. I don't know anyone who likes deserts. Sure, we may like … Continue reading 1 Thing Christians Need to Remember About “Dry Spells”
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