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 […]

Are Tattoos and Body Piercings Sinful?

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 preachers are getting them.  Many, who would never have considered getting “inked,” are changing their […]

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 Are You You and Not Someone Else?

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 we briefly chatted, those oft-repeated questions bubbled to the surface of my mind again. Why […]

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 […]

What If There Were No God?

Although I suspect that most people believe that there is “something” out there, I recognize that many are convinced that there is nothing beyond this world.  Generally speaking, these arenaturalists, who believe that the universe has anatural explanation, and that there is nothing outside of the material world. For the sake of argument, let me agree with […]

Stop Claiming Jesus Is Returning Soon

If you look closely you’ll notice that the Church has a black eye. She’s had it for a long time. And, just when it seems like it’s going to heal, along comes another blow that brightens the bruise. The bruise that threatens to mar the reputation of the Church is the often-cited claim that Jesus […]

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 […]