But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Popular pastor and author Joshua Harris announced recently that he no longer considered himself a Christian. This announcement comes shortly after he announced he and his wife were divorcing. And this announcement comes after a series of announcements which began a few years ago in which he...

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1. What are you doubting? There are three primary things people doubt: 1) Their salvation, 2) God’s love for them, 3) Fundamental issues of the faith. Included with the doubt of salvation is a sub-catergory: belief that they have committed the unforgivable sin. Which one do you find yourself...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 08:05

Humanizing Judas Iscariot

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I woke up this morning thinking about Judas Iscariot, you know, the guy history remembers as the “son of hell”? The one who betrayed Jesus to the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver (roughly $250 in today’s money, but that number varies depending on which scholar you ask). Most of...

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I remember in seminary Dr. Frank Minirth covering my class on pastoral counseling. He was an internationally know Christian psychiatrist who had a successful ministry in healthcare and had published dozens of books including Happiness is a Choice. I was excited about the subject. I don’t...

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As I do the math, there are five great mysteries in theology: 1. Creation out of nothing (ex nihilo): How did God create being out of non-being? Being transcendent in relation to the universe (above all time, space, and matter), the reason for God’s being is necessary (hence why we often...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 02:43

An Open Letter to Arminians

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I know that some of you will have no idea what I am talking about, and others will shake their heads, but I want to say a few things anyway. I struggle this morning to find a way to share these thoughts that does not alienate people immediately. It is so hard because the division […]

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Much theological debate centers around the doctrine of election. No one debates whether election is biblical, but they do debate the meaning of election. I believe in what is called unconditional individual election. It is an understanding shared by all Calvinists, of whom I identify. However, it...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:30

The Traumatic Nature of Deconversion

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Memory is unreliable when recounting old wounds, but I do know that the beginning of the end started with an email to an old professor in which I expressed: “I don’t think I believe in the God of Christianity anymore,” and ended with a Facebook post about deconversion and an...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:01

Viewing God Through the Lens of Trauma

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Earlier today, I read through Michael Patton’s post “On Leaving My First Love” and found similarities between where he was years ago and where I find myself now. In it, he speaks of his life’s difficulties, arguing with God, and finally coming to a place of surrender. I am...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:09

Is it Really Closed? Rethinking Our Terms

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The term “canon” refers to the accepted books of the Bible. The Protestant canon contains 66 books; other Christian traditions vary, adding a few books often referred to as the Deuterocanonical books (“second canon”) or the “Apocrypha.” A commonly accepted...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 17:03

Ten Reasons Good Christians Go Bad

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One of the most discouraging (and blindsiding) things in life is to be one who has followed the Lord for some time, felt to be on the right track, been involved in the His work somehow, and to feel the definite guidance of the Holy Spirit only to find yourself, after much time, becoming a […]...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 07:51

And Jesus Asked, “Who Do You Say That I Am?”

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He asked His disciples, “13Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15“But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:09

Viewing God Through the Lens of Trauma

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Earlier today, I read Michael’s post “On Leaving My First Love” and found similarities between where he was years ago and where I find myself now. In it, he speaks of his life’s difficulties, arguing with God, and finally coming to a place of surrender. I am somewhere...

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Moral inconsistency leads to legal inconsistency, and legal inconsistency is another word for injustice. Imagine a basic right that you championed and exercised, but which, if I were to attempt it, would lead to my prosecution and imprisonment.  Sound fair and reasonable? Consider the case of...

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No, this post isn’t a commentary on the story by C.S. Lewis (just getting that out of the way first). This post is altogether something different. For my readers who have been following my journey from the beginning, this may surprise you (or maybe not, I don’t know). For those of you...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 13:58

Dictionary of Christian Lingo

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  1. “Heads bowed, eyes closed . . .”: During a church service, you may hear a preacher abruptly break into this unexpected dialogue with the audience: “Heads bowed, eyes closed. If you have accepted Christ into your heart [more later], I want you to raise your hand.”...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 13:17

How to Explain the Trinity to Children

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I remember when my daughter Katelynn (who is now 19) was first learning to talk and put one foot in front of another. I remember the first things we tried to get her to say. Kristie was always trying to get her to say “mama.” I was always trying to get her to say “dada.”...

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I did not want to write this, but it needed to be said. This is hard for me. Please give me grace. An Honest and Vulnerable Prayer God, please, if You are, at all, merciful like they say You are, like I know You to be, please kill me. Please. I will never ask for […]

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Did the judge do what his accuser says he did all those years ago? The only answer an honest observer can give is “I don’t know.” Maybe only a few people are in a position to know, and not necessarily with much clarity. People should be careful about making their pronouncements on...

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A Hard Story to Tell Over the last ten years I have gained a lot of weight due to my back problems, aging, and my bout with depression. And I am sure getting addicted to pain pills did not help. I am 100 pounds more than I used to be. If you knew the old […]

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:17

7 Things NOT to Say to a Depressed Christian

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Handling a Depressed Christian As many of you know, I’ve been through the ringer of depression (more like a black hole). I had a major breakdown in March of 2010. It came out of nowhere and has been a periodic uninvited guest in my home ever since. I sometimes joke(?) with people that I...

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I remember my 2001 seminary graduation retreat. At least I think that is what it was called. I was an insecure seminarian about to graduate and go into full-time ministry to teach others how to be spiritual. The place was beautiful. Out in the woods by a small quiet lake. My wife always looks...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:04

Hope in Lamenting: When Life Has No Easy Answers

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Sometimes, there’s no easy answer—or an answer at all!—for life’s hardest questions, especially for a Christian.  I doubt no one really wants to know the reason behind “why did you beg God for death at 2a.m this morning?” because talking about suicide makes...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:20

Do People Who Commit Suicide Go to Hell?

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Here is an email question that I received with the response to follow: Good Afternoon: I am writing to you under emotional pangs, as I wrestle with the Scriptures, and what I hear from certain others who are Christian. The husband of a friend of mine committed suicide. My friend, I know well, and...

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