What Are the Odds?

We are told near the outset of the Bible that the Jews are God’s chosen people and that through them He will bless all mankind.  Now, what are the odds that this ancient collection of writings would not only survive but become probably the most influential book of all time, and that this quite small … [Read more…]

What Is God Doing, and What Is He Like?

You can always count on this blogsite to ask and answer the easy questions! One must acknowledge first of all that God is intelligent and all-present to an extent and in ways that we cannot begin to fathom.  But here are some thoughts I had on what His relationship with us might be like: Think … [Read more…]

Terse Trinity Thoughts

Not only is the Scriptural basis of the Trinity solid (see here and here, for example), but the concept makes sense.  For example, it enables the eternity of love, making it easy to understand how love could exist even before the Creation:  The three elements of the Trinity could love one another. And the Trinity … [Read more…]

Thoughts on Our Resurrected Psyches

There are intimations in the Bible, and speculation in sermons I’ve heard, about what our resurrected physical bodies may be like and how they may differ from our present bodies — but how about our resurrected psyches? Surely they, too, must change. You don’t have to be a total-depravity Calvinist to recognize that every person’s … [Read more…]

More Easter Thoughts

During our church’s Easter service, a video was played that featured excerpts from (I’m almost certain) a Billy Graham sermon. One point made was that the Resurrection is the most important fact in human history, and also that it is as incontrovertible historically as just about anything else that happened in ancient Rome. Now, we … [Read more…]

Paul’s Special Credibility

I had this thought when I was reading William Lane Craig’s The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: As someone who was persecuting the early Christians, Paul would have been very familiar with the arguments used by the Jewish establishment in this persecution — in particular, for example, that Jesus was … [Read more…]

T.S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi”

In this post I’ll share some thoughts on one of my favorite poems, T.S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi.” Today is Mr. Eliot’s birthday, and here’s the poem’s text: “A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The … [Read more…]

The R-D Split of the Seven Deadly Sins

It’s September and, with Election Day only two months hence, it’s the height of the political season. I try to eschew partisan politics on this blogsite, but I’d like to share one thought and, as it turns out, it doesn’t exactly champion one party or the other. So here’s the thought: Our two major political … [Read more…]

Team of Non-Rivals

When you think about it, the complementarity of the early church leaders was interesting, and its dynamics must have been, too. So is the fact that each of them authored Scripture. *** Regarding the interplay of personalities and backgrounds, think in particular of Peter, Paul, and James — a group that can, I think, be … [Read more…]