Life is best in the hope of Christ

People can have hope in a lot of things. We can hope for what we wish we have. We can hope for help from people that we think we can trust. And we can get much of what we hope for in this life. But what matters most is when we live for God in the hope...

God wants our families to be strong!

God wants us to enjoy life and He desires that we enjoy life together. The first observation God makes about man is that it is not good that we are alone. It is not good. Think about it. In the Garden of Eden there was no sin, there was no pain, there...

Maybe I didn't explain the Bible adequately to Unbelievers

Maybe I did not do an adequate job of explaining the Bible to a person who has no relationship with God. This I try to do to the best of my ability so that the Holy Spirit could save a sinner. Actually, it would be impossible for me to explain any of...

Joy is Better than Happiness

Joy is better than happiness. Sorrow and joy are compatible, because we can still have the joy of our relationship with Christ while the circumstances of our moment may not be making us happy. Happiness is fleeting. But the joy that we who have a...

Looking for ways to peace in a time of racial hatred

We have all experienced the passion of an argument. We have probably all been involved in a physical fight at some point-even if it was just a single punch, a single kick, or a single push. Not only are these fights crimes they are sins against God...

The Return of Jesus is Inevitable

I don't think the early Church expected that the LORD would wait over 2000 years to return to the Earth. Maybe the LORD will wait over 10000 more years to return-although I doubt it. We may all see the LORD before He returns when He calls us home at...

The LGBT Community and the Church

The LGBT community does deserve to live in the public sphere free from the discrimination that comes against them all too often from those who hate them. The political class also needs to stay away from the Churches who are free to declare God's...

Finding a Whale on Top of a Mountain

Recently my wife and I took a steam train up Bear Mountain in the Santa Cruz mountains, when the guide told us that when they built the railway up the mountain, when they reached the peak of the mountain they found an intact whale skeleton. Its not...

Islam and the evaporation of freedom

Most of the Muslims that I have worked with over the years have been stand up men and women, but there was this one who was always angry, telling me how Muslims who left the faith should be killed, and defending the prophet Muhammad for "marrying" a 6...

Epistemology and Religious Belief

                We could choose to agree or not about whether or not there is satisfactory evidence to say that a god does indeed exist. Or we could also choose to argue about what exactly would count as evidence in the discussion. Bertrand Russel was...

Christianity makes demands that nobody can keep

I would say that Christianity makes demands that nobody can keep. People do get cast out of the Church for refusing to even try. And I would think that Churches should more readily cast out people who refuse to even try to keep the standards of God....

Epistemic Justification

                There are a lot of people who believe a lot of things that I really wish they did not. After all, wouldn’t it be so nice if people stopped believing in astrology or UFOs? I sure think that the world would be a better place if people...

God wants to have a relationship with us

The Gospel is far too difficult for the most intellectual person to be able to understand fully. The intricacies of the message, the profundity of the declaration that prophecy has been fulfilled, the rich detail of the Greek text of the New...

What do believers have in common with unbelievers?

There are plenty of ways that believers can find common ground with unbelievers in order to make the world a better place. As a Christian there are many political causes that are dear to my heart that require a coalition of unbelievers to be able to...

An Extended Look at the Intellectual Virtues

                Is all knowledge created equally? According to Aristotle our natural desire to know was an end in and of itself. We should know for the sake of knowing. Certainly much of modern day science is based on the concept that curiosity is a...

Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Recently the governor of Utah signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Regardless of the effects on our health, and while I believe that they absolutely do exist, there can be no real debate about the absolute sinfulness of...

Taking care of our bodies as a spiritual practice

So for the third time in the last two weeks I managed to get my mornings sufficiently disrupted that I will not be able to go to the gym. I guess for me one of the greatest proofs of the Bible's declaration of the fallen state of man is that it is so...

Of myths and God

I like watching old, stupid movies. And Saturday I was watching The Faculty, a 90s movie I watched as a kid. One of the most interesting lines to me came when the future Lord of the Rings star said, "what if the aliens were preparing us with science...

Will those who oppose America be damned?

A few days ago I had a conversation with a skeptic who was objecting to my comment that Christians should not obey an immoral command by the United States government. He argued that God has established the United States and that all who oppose what...