Did Noah’s Flood Really Happen?

This question comes up frequently in my ministry. There’s something about the story of a worldwide flood and a man beating it out in a boat with all of the animals of the world that makes us wonder: did that really happen? Let me first point out that there are a number of stories in […]

Was Jesus Buried for Three Days & Three Nights?

If Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, and raised on Sunday, then how can it be said that he was in the grave for three days and three nights? This is a question that stumbles a lot of Christians, and sometimes fuels the skeptic.  The problem is clear: if Jesus died around 3 pm on […]

Did Paul Hijack Christianity?

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 the face of Christianity into something that would be unrecognizable to Jesus? Critics of Christianity […]

If Baptized as an Infant, Should I Be Baptized Again?

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 not everyone baptized as an infant questions this, it is still often asked.  As many come […]

Should Women be Pastors?

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 to oranges” it is hard to talk about how that fruit is used. I also […]

Why Does the Bible Condone Smashing Babies Against Rocks?

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 a hard verse.  You won’t find it on a greeting card and grandma won’t be needlepointing […]

Were the Gospel Writers Biased?

How can we trust the Gospel writers? Weren’t they biased about Jesus?  Weren’t they Christians who were just trying to get everyone else to believe what they believed? This topic recently came up during my jail ministry.  I gave my best answer to the inmate who asked, and later thought it might make a good topic […]

Was Jesus a Coward?

This question was sincerely asked by a friend who was not trying to by funny or sacrilegious. He had made an observation from scripture and had an earnest question.  I am drawn to earnest questions, regardless of how outlandish or edgy they may sound.  In fact, I relish those inquiries. Here is how my friend’s question […]

Is Masturbation a Sin?

This question was recently posed, and because it is a sensitive subject I thought this blog might be a good place to discuss a response. It’s a question that a lot of people have probably wondered about, but didn’t know who to ask. Although I’m not an authority on what God wants, I do have […]