Don’t Judge Jesus by the Roman Catholic Church

This morning’s headline has overwhelmed me: Report Identifies More Than 1,000 Victims of Priest Abuse. Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, released a scathing grand jury report that outlined an investigation into allegations of child abuse conducted by Catholic priests, and covered up by the Church’s hierarchy. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men […]

Why I’m No Longer Christian

I understand that many will be surprised, if not shocked by my announcement. This decision was not made without careful consideration. As a matter of fact, I had given the issue a lot of thought before reaching my conclusion. So, yeah. I’ve decided that I no longer wish to be considered Christian.  Let me explain. […]

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 […]

What Exactly is “Faith?”

For many people, religion is a very peculiar system.  To them, it falls into the same class as fairy tales, unicorns, and mythology.  It may be a nice story for old women and the uneducated, but for the thinking person it’s not a rational thing. One of the reasons that many think this way is […]

My Citizenship

(This blog was originally posted as a Facebook note on Nov 8, 2012.) Because I was born in this country, the United States considers me its citizen. However, I have a greater, and far more important citizenship.  My citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God recognizes no natural or man-made boundaries.  […]

Maybe All Religions Are Equally True?

Why should I believe that one religion is better than another?  Aren’t they all just systems of faith?  How can one person’s faith be more true than another’s? These types of questions are commonly asked very sincerely.  In most instances, the questions probably arise from a desire to find peace among differing religious organizations.  They […]

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 […]