A point that Christian apologists sometimes make is that the Resurrection’s veracity is evidenced by the fact that many Christians who said they witnessed it were willing to die for that belief. It is sometimes rejoined, big deal, there are plenty of, say, Muslims now willing to die for their beliefs. But there’s an obvious … [Read more…]
Spring is not cruel but Heaven sent — Comes fresh and quiet as a mint. No poem makes the land seem new The way the rhododendra do.
The topic of this post is the extent to which a Christian, in addition to having faith, needs to worry about performing good works. Sure, maybe it’s presumptuous for me to opine on such a profound issue, but let me start by noting that it would be a mistake to agonize over reaching the right … [Read more…]
This is another topic where it’s rather presumptuous for a nontheologian to weigh in at all, but let me reassure the reader that in my humble opinion this is also another issue where it’s a mistake to agonize over reaching a definitive resolution: Clearly there will never be such a resolution, and since we might … [Read more…]
This post is really not tied to Christianity, but it’s not inconsistent with it either, and God wants us all to be the best we can be, so I thought I’d share it. Here are five sentences for which you, gentle reader, should fill in the blanks as you try to figure out what you … [Read more…]
There are three challenges that a Christian faces: (1) maintaining his faith in God; (2) figuring out what God wants us to do; and (3) doing it. Different people might find different challenges most difficult; we all may face any of them from time to time; and of course it’s not just the committed Christian … [Read more…]
I like the categorization of prayer into A-C-T-S: that is, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Every night, I run through that list and try to recall events of the day that fit into each box. I’ll admit, though, that the first category is the trickiest, especially since it’s very easy to say you adore God … [Read more…]
Son His science project’s home is here; Its title is, “The Bean.” Heliotropically, ten plants veer, Then toward the window lean. Back to the desk my gaze then goes And finds a truth I’ll limn: His confirmation picture shows I’m leaning, too, toward him.
Westerners are so used to thinking about the God-man relationship in the Judeo-Christian way that we forget there are all kinds of other possibilities. A god might have a variety of different personalities, of varying degrees of sophistication; and the degree of concern he might have with the fate of humanity could vary widely, too … [Read more…]
[Or: “What Would Jesus, a Real Man, Do?] How should we think of God as we go about our daily lives? The starting point that immediately suggests itself is that of a present father. He does not want us to be timid and cowering, but grateful and joyful, loving not only Him but also focused … [Read more…]