Global warming
We hear a lot about global warming these days. Is it anything about which we should be concerned? Well, as stewards of the earth (God did give it to us, Genesis 1:26-28) we have an obligation to show our gratitude for the planet by using it wisely and respectfully. In the first place, however, we should note that God promised us through Noah: While the earth rem... read all »
Why Should I Trust the Bible?
Extant evidence! There are well over 5,000 existing manuscripts of the New Testament to support the accuracy of the text. This is an overwhelming amount of textual evidence in any case, but especially when you compare the evidence for the New Testament text to that available for other ancient documents. For example, there are only seven copies of the works of Plato, a... read all »
Learning from the Ancients
Thomas Aquinas was a Dominican priest, philosopher, and scholarly theologian who lived from 1225 to 1274. Among Aquinas’ well-known extant works is his Five Ways, in which he documents five ways or arguments through which one can know that there is a God. They are well worth repeating, so I will do my best to express each of them as follows: The argument from... read all »
When Did You Become A Person?
With an upcoming presidential election, and a continuing demand for the right to kill babies who are alive, though unborn, the above question is perhaps more relevant now than ever. In my estimation, the abortion holocaust is one of the most important issues in this election. Moral issues should always be at the top of our list when choosing leaders. Psalm 14:34 t... read all »
Are you ready for Dolly?
No, no, no… not the down-home country singer. I mean Dolly, the menacing tropical storm that threatens the gulf coasts of Texas and Mexico. News reports tell of residents of those areas buying up such things as plywood, bottled water, flashlights and batteries so they will be ready when she hits… if she hits. Knowing what power such a storm can unleash o... read all »
How long will you live?
Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather the... read all »
Is Vacation Bible School Biblical?
1. VBS helps to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16). Most of us probably think in terms of teaching adults when we consider Jesus’ taking the gospel into the world. But aren’t children a major part of our world’s population? Did you know that statistically, 95% of people in America who become Christians do so before age ... read all »
What A Sad Headline
I saw it in the news, Teenager from Faith-Healing Family Dies. Cause of death for the young man, just 16, was a malady that could have been easily treated by medical professionals. How is it that well-meaning people can get the word of God so twisted in their minds that they seem to lose their ability to reason? My experience has been that the better you understa... read all »
Cosmological Questions
No, cosmology is not the study of cosmetics; that’s cosmetology. Cosmology is the study of our universe, its origin and meaning. Any view taken of the origin of the universe must be based on faith, since there is no extant method of ‘proving’ how it came into being. I put my faith in God, accepting what I believe to His account of creation recorde... read all »
Does Jesus expect you to read the Bible?
Seems like a good question for everyone who’d claim to be a disciple. After all, a disciple is a learner or a pupil. Jesus Himself said, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free‘, John 8:31-32. What do you make of that statement? Is just being ‘in the church... read all »