Inspiration

Praise in Midst of Torture: Letter from Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

Praise in Midst of Torture: Letter from Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

It is interesting that because I am a Christian pastor, I am carefully watched. I am expected to smile at them despite what is being done and to understand why they are doing all of these things. But, of course, I can clearly see what is going on and because I want to serve God, I see all of these difficulties as golden opportunities and great doors to serve. There are empty containers who are thirsty for a taste of the Living Water and we can quench their thirst by giving them Jesus Christ. Maybe you are also in such a situation, so pray and seek God that He would use you and direct you in the pressures and difficulties of your lives.

 
 

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Soren Kierkegaard identifies five requirements to be a knight of faith. I do not consider these requirements to be hard and fast rules (in fact I will challenge at least one of them), but I do think that these are good things to think about if we are going to live a life of faith.

 
 

How Much Do We Really Care?

How Much Do We Really Care?

Many people want those who do wrong to be brought to justice, but often neglect the greater need of those same people being brought to Jesus. efore fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner died under siege in a burning cabin at Big Bear last week, a friend of mine said that he hoped Dorner would be brought to justice, but more […]

 
 

Sinners Transformed by Grace: Pope’s Resignation Amidst Scandal a Sign of Hope

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Although Benedict XVI has cited health concerns, there is some speculation that the resignation may be related to the ongoing sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in the past decade. Before becoming Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger was responsible for ordering that all reports of sex abuse be channeled through his office at the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith which he operated from 2001 to 2005.

 
 

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Some people believe that their religion obligates them to not only control themselves, but to control others as well. I believe that it is possible to make religious freedom as expansive as possible, and truly allow people to follow the dictates of their hearts as God (or whatever they believe in) leads them. Not only do I think that this is the solution that works best for our democracy, but I also happen to think that this is the solution that gets us closer to what God wants as well.

 
 

God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

From the perspective of Edwards and Spurgeon, the depths of hell are inversely proportionate to the heights of Heaven, as an all-powerful God gives eternal life to both the saved and the damned.

 
 

Inspiration: If Aristotle Was Right, What Can Make Us Happy?

Inspiration: If Aristotle Was Right, What Can Make Us Happy?

Sometime in the 4th Century BC, Aristotle wrote Nicomachean Ethics. The broad question of the book is how to achieve happiness.

 
 

Of Freedom and Squeaky Wheels

Of Freedom and Squeaky Wheels

If anyone had an excuse to complain it would have been Him because being God, He had the unusual position of always being right.

 
 

The Comfortable Curtain of Christianity: Reflections on the Maturation of Faith

The Comfortable Curtain of Christianity: Reflections on the Maturation of Faith

My easily excited cousin, also a pastor’s son, would climb on the outdoor wall of the church and sing improvisational reggae in a Jamaican accent to the passerby, while dancing a little jig, repeating “Come to our church and be baptized! Be baptized in the name of the Lord!” Strangers would stare, but we would duck and hide,

 
 

Give Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington Letter To Synagogue to Be Displayed

Give Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington Letter To Synagogue to Be Displayed

U.S. President George Washington traveled to Newport, Rhode Island where he met with the congregation at the Touro Synagogue. While there, the leader of the congregation, Moses Seixas, handed Washington a letter that noted past persecution and expressed hope that liberty of conscience would prevail in the new nation.