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 […]

Evolution vs Creation

Among my many interests is the ongoing debate between Evolution and Creation.  As a matter of fact, a few years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a televised discussion on this topic. I represented the Creation point of view, while the Evolution position was represented by a local biology teacher.  (Click here to […]

What About Jesus’ Truth Claims?

In my previous article, I discussed briefly how not all religions can be true when making competing truth claims.  For example, if Islam claims that Jesus cannot forgive sins on his own, but Christians claim he can, then either the Muslim is correct and the Christian is wrong, or the Christian is correct and the Muslim […]

You Can’t Be a Christian and Do That!

We’ve probably all seen stuff like this posted on Facebook: You can’t claim to be a Christian and be pro-choice! or You can’t claim to be a Christian and vote Democrat! or You can’t claim to be a Christian and support gay marriage! Now, even though I consider myself staunchly pro-life and have strong conservative values, […]

Did Christianity Borrow From Other Religions?

This is not an original question. As a matter of fact, it was first asked by French Enlightenment thinkers, Constantine Francois Volney (1757-1820) and Charles Dupuis (1742-1809).  Then the first academic advocate was 19th century historian and theologian Bruno Bauer (1809-1882). [i] These men suggested a theory that the story of Jesus, as found in the […]