Two Scripture passages jumped out at my from my sermon this past Sunday that go in the face of some popular thinking amongst American Christians. The first was Joshua 5:13-15. The Israelites have just entered the Promised Land after their 40 years of wandering and are preparing to do battle against the wicked civilizations within […]
What does the Bible say about hell?
What does the Bible say about hell? Hell, God’s Sovereignty, Suffering & My Depravity The doctrine of hell is one that was overemphasized in my faith upbringing. It’s one I subsequently tried to disprove and deny using the Bible. In this attempt, I ended up coming to terms with the truth of the biblical doctrine […]
Part 2 Q&A on how we are to understand the laws of the Old Testament
This is part 2 of the old covenant Q&A asked via text messages following my March 1st sermon: (You can read Part 1 here) Q: Why did the Council at Jerusalem (in Acts 15) choose a few commands from the law that Gentile believers had to follow? Do those laws still apply to us & […]
Part 1 Q&A on how we are to understand the laws of the Old Testament
This past Sunday, my sermon was about the old covenant the Israelites made with God in Exodus 19-24. I asked for people to text in questions they had throughout the sermon and I attempted to answer them at the end of the teaching. Due to time restraints, we only got through two questions, so I […]
Richard Dawkins: God commanding Wars, Genocides, Infant Killing???
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” – Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion […]
11/1 Creationism Origin Summit @MSU: Christians wrong in so many ways
Some Christian friends of mine are PhD students in one of Michigan State University’s science departments. They recently told me about the stir the November 1st Origin Summit is causing among their colleagues and about their tension in how to respond. The Origin Summit is a one day conference being held at MSU arguing for […]