You are a theologian. That might come as a surprise, but it’s true! Everyone’s a theologian. That’s because everyone has beliefs about God and the world. The word “theology” comes from two words in Greek: theos (God) and logos (word). Theology, like any other “ology”, is simply words about something – in this case God. […]
Is Smoking Marijuana Against God?
Marijuana use may be socially accepted by many, but it’s illegal in most states and countries. With such varied laws and public opinion, this leads to some confusion between social acceptance and law. How can something so socially accepted still be illegal? Or even more peculiar, why is something illegal so socially accepted? Is there […]
JESUS IS KNOCKING
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20, ESV Out of Context Meaning: Probably most Christians would be familiar with this image of Jesus knocking on a door. As […]
WRESTLING WITH A VIOLENT GOD
“In the cities of the nations that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes…as the Lord your God has commanded you. Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshipping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord […]
Who’s Really “Lost”?
The term “the lost” is a common term that Christians use to refer to anyone who has not committed their life to following Jesus. At its best, it is a descriptive term that implies deep compassion for someone who does not yet know the God of the universe. At its worst, it can be perceived […]
THIS IS US
“Mysterious Being Creates the World in 7 Days, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!” That’s what I imagine the headline for Genesis, the first book of the Bible, would be if it was written in the digital age. In the Beginning God Created All good stories have a great hook, which sets the tone or […]
HOW A ROMAN BISHOP CHANGED THE WAY I READ THE BIBLE
When I became a Christian as a sophomore in high school, it was clear that, as a Christian, reading the Bible was going to be a big part of my life. Every week my Sunday School teacher would ask us how many times we had read the Bible in the previous seven days. At youth […]
WHEN GOD CLOSES A DOOR, DOES HE OPEN A WINDOW?
We might be surprised to find out what we have taken as the wisdom of God is really dialogue from a musical. In the Sound of Music, Maria wants to be a nun. The Reverend Mother tells her she must first go spend a few months as a governess taking care of seven children. She […]
GOD WILL NEVER GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE?
Comfort is a commodity we always want to give people when we find them under the pain of suffering or an onerous task. When we stand beside someone who is laying in a hospital bed, we desire them to understand God’s compassion. When a huge job is given someone and they are bending under its […]
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “DWELL” WITH GOD?
To dwell is to be fully present in a place or with a person. God has dwelled among his people throughout the Bible, from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. Dwell can also mean to “settle in” or “engage with” someone other than oneself. Christians usually use this word to describe two […]
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