For lo the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. The blossoms appear on the earth. The time of the singing of birds has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song 2:11-12)

The Problem of Evil — Part 3

The Cruelty of Nature Cresting far overhead, a towering wall of saltwater crashes to the earth. Screams cut short. Frantic fathers whose children are ripped from their arms by the force of the water. Whole villages of unsuspecting mothers and sons and grandfathers and uncles and newborns, pets, livestock, dreams, hopes — gone into the […]

Hallelujah in Hell

The Problem of Evil . . . (Part 2)

The Great Dance Once upon a time, long long ago . . . (Okay, okay — this is my myth, and I’m using it to tell the truth. This is the easiest way I know to do this, so humor me if you will.) Once upon a time, oh, so long ago that no one […]

The Problem of Evil . . . (Part 1)

What is Evil? How do we define it? How do we recognize it? Some things are merely inconvenient and unpleasant, such as the dog forgetting his house-training, or winter starting in early October with four feet of snow, or the transmission going out on the car on the day you lose your job. These things […]

What does it Mean to be Free?

We Christians (and secularists too) debate endlessly whether we are in fact free entities capable of doing as we choose or whether we’re helpless elements of the universe whose every “choice” is in fact determined by preexisting factors completely beyond our control. Are we water sprites or ripples? Do we respond to the stimulus of […]

Ride the Waves

There’s been a lot going on in my life. Like just about anyone, I’d like a little heads up as to what the plan might be. Father doesn’t always (or often, for that matter) tell us what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week or year or decade. When I was praying today, this is […]

An Enemy Has Done This

Why doesn’t God make His truths more obvious? People ask this all the time in one way or another. “Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to me so that I can believe in Him?” “Why do all the churches believe different things? Can’t God make His written word clear enough so that we’ll all know what […]

Who’s Ya Daddy?

The Jews were pretty proud of their famous forebear, Abraham. It was their descent from him after all that made them the favored, the chosen people of Yahweh. Do they have exclusive rights to the patriarch? Or have the Jews been shoved aside and rejected in favor of the church? And if so, which church […]

Braggin’ Rights

I’ve got nothin’ to boast about — neither have any of us. Alas, this doesn’t always stop me from feeling like I’m at least better than “those people.” Paul didn’t think so, and (sigh) he’s probably right. Here’s my paraphrase of Romans 3:27-31: Well then, what can be our reason to boast? We have NONE! […]

What on Earth is Propitiation?

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, but what does that mean? It isn’t an easy word to translate, but lucky for me I have lots of books written by smart people. Here is my paraphrase of Romans 3:21-26: But now, something besides and apart from the law, a righteousness (right standing in relationship) of […]