Strong and Courageous Jan 4,2018 "It's not nice to fool mother nature." It's a common idea that runs through our culture. But where did the idea that it's not nice to fool mother nature come from? It may have been in existence for a long time, but the phrase became popular in a 1970's T.V. commercial about a brand of margarine that tasted so close to real butter that wh...Keep Reading
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In a court of law, the standard of proof is establishment of evidence in order to conclude that something has occurred “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The standard does not go as far as to say “beyond any possible doubt.” I would contend that this same standard should be held when a person comes to investigate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. ...
I have recently been reading a book by Phillip Yancey titled Reaching for the Invisible God. In this work, he quotes one of the early church fathers, Gregory of Nyssa stating that “a person’s faith is ambidextrous because he or she should welcome pleasures with the right hand and afflictions with the left, with the understanding that both would serve God’s design for that person.”...
Strong and Courageous Mockers I would like to express opinion on the topic of skepticism. It seems that our society is steeped in the idea that you are a wise person if, and only if you doubt almost everything that you hear or read. Not only should you be skeptical, but you should be sarcastic toward the other person's opinion as well. Our society is abounding with some ...Keep Reading
Strong and Courageous 2/23/18 House on Fire. There has been so much energy and dialogue this week about the school shooting that took place in Florida. Facebook has been humming as everyone expresses their ideas for possible solutions to the problems of gun violence. Often times the conversation becomes polar with high-pitched emotion radiating through the discourse. ...Keep Reading
Strong Courageous Feb 16, 2018 Predestination Vs. Free will I had the opportunity to preach the message in church this last Sunday. One of the main points was the issue of God's predestination of those who will follow him and how it relates to humanity's free will. How can it be possible that both attributes be present and in play at the same time? For some people, t...Keep Reading
Strong and courageous Feb 9,2018 In last week's post we laid the groundwork for a post-modernist world view that only embraces relative truth alone, and is not willing to embrace the possibility of objective truth claims being valid. In this installment, I would like to get into a bit more detail concerning these ideas. Part of the reason for thinking that objective tru...Keep Reading
Eph 1 God reveals his plan for EVERYTHING, that He will unite all things in Christ both in heaven and on earth. Yes people that is really happening! How does that change us, shake us, awaken us to a live life submitted TODAY to Jesus. We don't have to wait to bend a knee, do it today and let him change your mind, schedule, priorities, values and relationships. This is H...Keep Reading
Strong and Courageous Feb. 2,2018 A Post-modern worldview that has permeated much of our society, has as one of its core beliefs that there is no such thing as objective truth. All truth claims are only relatively true. They also hold tightly to the idea that there isn't any grand overarching metanarrative to the purpose and meaning of life. Rather that life is merely a ...Keep Reading