The author of 2 Samuel says that Yahweh caused David to sin by taking a census of his military personnel (2 Sam 24:1) while the author of 1 Chronicles attributes this temptation to Satan (1 Chr 21:1). It is clear that the author of 2 Samuel had no problem accepting that Yahweh was capable of… via […]Read more "Re-post: “Satan or God: Who Tempted David to Sin? – Greg Boyd”"
William Lane Craig explains why even atheist historians like Gerd Ludemann accept that the earliest followers of Jesus had experiences in which Jesus appeared to them as resurrected Lord. Excerpt: Fact #3: On multiple occasions and under various circumstances, different individuals and groups of people experienced appearances of Jesus alive from the dead. This is […]Read more "Why does atheist historian Gerd Ludemann accept the post-mortem experiences of the risen Jesus? — WINTERY KNIGHT"
Not too long ago, I asked my senior students to describe the relationship between belief and behavior. As I was reflecting on their written answers, a question kept popping up that I later asked them. Here’s the question: does behavior follow from belief, or does behavior display belief? Splitting hairs? I don’t think so. I […]Read more "Belief and Behavior: What’s the Relationship?"
Charlottesville is an hour away from me. I’ve visited several times, attended a few college basketball and football games, and even preached in a few churches in the area. So when I saw the recent pictures of a “protest” led by white nationalists and held around a statue of Robert E. Lee, it was infuriating, […] […]Read more "The Charlottesville Protest: Frustrations, Fear, and Exposing Racism — Reformed African American Network"
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you […]Read more "To Humble and Test"
” . . . I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 Sometime recently a thought struck me that I’ve never had before regarding Jesus’ words, “I have overcome the world.” It struck me that Jesus’ words applied to more than just his physical, literal conquering of the world’s powers. His words were true on another […]Read more "Overcome the World"
God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but […]Read more "Confession and Mystery"
C.S. Lewis is my favorite author. He has played major role in my own theological, philosophical, and spiritual development. As I have read more and more Lewis, and more and more about Lewis, I learned of the man Lewis called his own spiritual “master.” His “master’s” name was George MacDonald. MacDonald was raised in a […]Read more "Discovering George MacDonald"
“And here, O Arseny, what is important is that the end of the world for each individual person will come within a few decades after birth – each gets however much time is allotted. (Ambrogio leaned toward the horses’ neck and exhaled into his mane.) The overall end of the world worries me, as you […]Read more "The End of the World"
Mystery makes the soul live by faith; for all the rest there is nothing but contradiction. The divine action by one and the same stroke kills and gives life; the more one feels the death to the senses and reason, the more convinced should one become that it gives life to the soul. The more […]Read more "Mystery: the Life of Faith"