A strange sort of optimism

And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1 NKJV).

When one thinks of all of the wars, famines, atrocities, and other crimes perpetrated by humans upon each other over the centuries of history, it is almost an impossible task to determine which particular event was the most horrible.

On two different, but similar, occasions a prophecy is made in the Bible about trouble greater than ever experienced, before or since. One of these is in the book of Daniel, referring to a particular invasion of Judah almost 200 years before the birth of Christ. The other was spoken by Jesus himself, and is believed by many to refer to the Jewish rebellion against Rome which would occur in 70 A.D., when the city of Jerusalem was once again destroyed (Matthew 24:21). Continue reading “A strange sort of optimism”

Five things that are wrong with the church!

OK now that I have your attention, I have a question: Why are we drawn so strongly toward the negative? The internet is littered with negative titles: “Four Things Christian Parents Are Doing Wrong!” the title screams, “Six Things the Church Should Get Rid of Immediately” another yells.

These articles appear to be written by well-meaning people, believers in Christ, no doubt. But it seems so hard to avoid negativity. Is the church perfect? Are Christians sinless? You know the answer to that. Is the church so sacrosanct that it should never be examined and critiqued? Of course not, though it seems to me that this need (for the church to be critiqued) is pretty soundly fulfilled. The Pacific Ocean has plenty of drops of water, and the church has plenty of critics. Continue reading “Five things that are wrong with the church!”