The Bible says it. I believe it. That… settles it?

When I first became a Christian, I remember having serious questions about many social issues.  Sometimes my especially difficult inquiries were met, not with historical proofs or apologetic reasoning, but with the flustered response “The Bible says it.  I believe it.  That settles it.”  There was a time when that response would satisfy.  A time when many…

Who was right: the Jews or the Christians?

Question from a reader: Despite all the points you mentioned, the vast majority of Jews at the time (the very people Jesus tried to preach to) rejected Jesus and the New Testament. What does that tell you? Either the Jews are right, or Christians are right, not both.   The Bigot’s response:  There are over 300…

The Sifting- Part 2

In the Sifting-Part 1, we looked at how the early church grew and thrived despite persecution.  After Christianity was legalized, the word Christian became meaningless because lukewarm believers joined the church and used the title of “Christian” for political or monetary gain.  I believe this scenario is playing itself out in reverse today in America.  Here’s how:…

Redemption Waits

“Don’t try and interview me.  Because there are a lot of things in my life that I don’t want to talk about,” she had told me before we met for coffee.  And yet, here she was pouring out the details, horrible heart-breaking details, of the choices she had made and the gut-wrenching fall-out.  What to…

Christians, do people trip over you?

If they do, it had better be for the right reasons. Christ is a stumbling block. (1 Cor. 1:23) And Christ is a corner stone. (Luke 20:17) He is a big, heavy rock that can either be tripped over, or upon which the most durable structure can be built. Jesus is Truth.  His teaching, His…

The Other American Church

You’ve hear about the churches that major on gay marriage or single out gays for exclusion and ridicule.  They get lots of press. Here’s what many other churches are doing.  You won’t hear about them in the paper so I thought I would share one story about the “Other” American church here: One morning last May, my husband…

Why The Good Samaritan Wasn’t Gay

I was writing a blog post called “The Gay Samaritan.”  I wrote it under the premise that Jesus used the Samaritan in His iconic parable for maximum shock value.  He was trying to stun His audience into understanding that they were to love everyone and there were now no barriers within His kingdom when it…

Prophet vs. Paul

A couple months ago on my way into Goodwill (where I spend much of my free time) I encountered a preacher standing in the middle of the parking lot.  He was a Hispanic man and he was crying out “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” in Spanish and then in English.  He…