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Did Christianity take an unexpected turn when Saul of Tarsus rose to a leadership position in the early first century?  Did Saul of Tarsus, or Paul, as he became known, hijack Christianity with his own religious influence?  Did Paul change …

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Not long ago I was asked this very good question.  The person asking had been baptized in a ceremony as an infant, but had recently come to faith as an adult.  He wanted to know if he needed to be baptized again. Although …

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Those who routinely read my blog will know that I often write on topics having to do with the reasonableness of faith.  In other words, I like to explain why having a belief in the existence of God is rational. …

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This question comes up frequently.  I think this is because of the rise in popularity of tattoos and body piercings.  When I was a small boy, it seemed only gangsters and servicemen had tattoos.  Today, grandmothers, choir members, and even …

Should Women be Pastors?

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This question comes up frequently, but is a little difficult to answer. Not due to a lack of Biblical data, but because I don’t believe the modern church is operating in the same way as the early church. When you’re “comparing apples …

 

Top Five Guitar Solos for the Air Guitar

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog.  To break back into it, I thought I’d do something completely different from my normal posting. During my younger years I played bass guitar in a number of bands.  Although my taste …

 

The Philosophy of Hiking

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  I have a tendency to over-think things.  At times this has caused me a lot of grief.  When a problem comes my way, or I’m offered some type of challenge, I tend to amplify that situation by excessive thinking.  I …

 

Applying Permetherin to My Hiking Clothes

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Here in Pennsylvania, as well as many other Appalachian states, ticks are a major concern for the outdoorsman.  Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids that attach themselves to a host and then gorge themselves on the host’s blood.  They are especially …

 

Why Are You You and Not Someone Else?

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I’ve had this thought many times.  Most recently, it occurred to me as I was in the check-out line at The Dollar Store.  The clerk was a slightly overweight, 20-ish female with multiple body piercings and purple highlighted hair.  As …

 

Why Does the Bible Condone Smashing Babies Against Rocks?

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I was asked this question recently and thought it might be a good one to write about. It focuses on the final verse of Psalm 137, and might well be one of the most difficult passages in the Bible to reconcile.  It’s …