It’s funny how questions have a way of penetrating all sorts of defenses put up by the human psyche. One of the greatest forms of debate is based on asking questions (that would be the Socratic form of debate…FYI). It was one question that broke my back and finally brought me to the feet of Jesus. Yet here in this moment I am confronted with one question still.
- Stay hungry, stay foolish (pavloskapralos.wordpress.com)
One of the things that limits the effectiveness of Christians is their perception of salvation. For reasons of convenience in communication and in deference to the simplicity we felt we needed in evangelism, we have Read the rest of this entry
Mom got up early on Sunday morning and got the kids ready for church. Dad sat in the living room reading his newspaper and looking out at the freshly fallen snow. They’d had this conversation many times before Read the rest of this entry
So what’s the big deal about posthumous baptisms the Mormon’s are doing: Does it save dead people, is it something to get mad about, is it a scam or is it a huge yawn? Read the rest of this entry
Getting along with others can be tough – especially when they do stupid things. Sometimes (not often!) it is us who do the stupid things and then we get frustrated that others just won’t give us a break – they’re so judgmental! Read the rest of this entry
There is a continual tension between ritual and the requirements of religion. How do we decide what is necessary, avoid guilt and condemnation for our choices, and how do we really connect with God?
“It’s obvious what the answer has to be! How could anyone be so stupid? Their argument is so flawed!”
“Yeah, and the one who worries me is Peter. He’s been so flaky on this all along.”
“Couldn’t agree with you more! I was there when he Read the rest of this entry
This miracle of Jesus making wine lifts the lid on a Pandora’s box of human ills just waiting to escape into the world. We avoid these questions because they are hard and they don’t fit well with our convenient image of Jesus. That convenient image includes all the nice things we want in our God and leaves out all that we don’t like. Sadly, convenient is not the same as real.
Here’s a sampler of the questions we have but aren’t sure we should ask: Read the rest of this entry