The Bible recounts history

Sometimes popular opinion is built upon good reasoning and evidence. At other times it has upheld foolishness. Within the last 150 years some of these latter embarrassments have been: Belief in the theory of ether; The confident assertion that Urey’s and Miller’s amino acid synthesis of a few of the simplest essential amino acids confirmed the naturalistic feasibility of life arising from non-organic material. As subsequent evidence revealed, sometimes the minority or outsider opinion is correct.

What this suggests is that what “everybody knows to be true” cannot be a reliable standard. To discover what is most likely true requires examining the available evidence, and not merely absorbing popular ideas. When it comes to the Bible’s reliability, where does the evidence point? Here’s a brief sampling of what we know. Continue reading “The Bible recounts history”

God exists

Living in a world where a chorus of competing voices would pull us toward opposing viewpoints on a great many topics, rather than avoiding such subjects, we would do well to consider the evidence. Regardless of the topic, in order to fairly explore a subject we will need to sidestep a host of logical fallacies such as sweeping generalizations, personal attack, appeal to fear as well as begging the question. Instead, we will need to focus upon: “What is the evidence?”

So, is it reasonable to conclude God exists? The Old and New Testaments announce that the world itself reveals truths about God and his existence (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). Here are some initial brief excursions into some areas meriting further examination. Continue reading “God exists”

The problem with building legacies & just about everything else

In the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, a young child exclaimed what everyone else in the crowd was thinking, “the king isn’t wearing anything at all!” Similarly, I have to believe that in spite of an apparent silence, many people perceive how Christian leaders struggle with profound spiritual temptations when they pursue leaving a legacy.

Whether it be a business, the university, the church or simply managing our own homes, a problem arises with legacy building and just about everything else. Matters of the heart will steer our course. When someone is in a leadership position, the consequences become amplified.

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Good news: how we can receive Jesus

If we wish to know how to respond to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we need to look at stories where Christians taught non-Christians how to respond to Jesus. We should not expect letters written to Christians and which address concerns of the church to communicate what a non-Christian needs to know in order to become a disciple. Continue reading “Good news: how we can receive Jesus”

The new birth calls us to action

The letter of 1 Peter reminds us God has provided us with new lives filled with hope and characterized by our souls being cleansed. Yet, the new birth is not just about what we receive. In the ancient world and within the New Testament, it was understood that progeny exhibit the qualities of their parents. God expects particular behaviors from us. Continue reading “The new birth calls us to action”

The God of new beginnings: the new birth’s cleansing

The letter of 1 Peter reminds God’s people how God has enabled us to have a new life and what we can expect from this new beginning. While its opening verses reveal that the new beginning God provides enables us to have hope for tomorrow, when we step further into the letter we discover that it also transforms who we are today! Continue reading “The God of new beginnings: the new birth’s cleansing”

Inventing the reason why: Galatians 3:28

As they opened their front door, immediately their eyes fell upon the shattered vase on the floor. The babysitter was sleeping soundly upon the sofa. One of their two young boys greeted them with, “the dog broke it.” At that moment their other son was nowhere to be seen.

Like most parents, an innate detective gear kicked into action. The dog was still in his doghouse in the backyard. In spite of the rain, no muddy dog prints were on the kitchen tiles. The babysitter had slept through the crash and could offer no insight.

Explanatory stories are powerful. Explanations answering “why” empower attitudes and action. Accurate explanations point us in the right direction! Continue reading “Inventing the reason why: Galatians 3:28”