This post will give more detail on the third of my complaints against those expound on predestination. The complaint is that they sometimes (not always) present the invitation to believe in Christ as superficial or insincere. If we believe that Jesus's death, resurrection, and the proclamation of his name throughout the world is insufficient to … Continue reading Another excess
Perhaps nothing has done as much damage to the Christian religion as when the word "faith" was redefined to mean believing without a reason, or contrary to reason. The idea that faith is belief without a reason has done harm in at least four ways: it has alienated Christians from the God-given ability to reason … Continue reading Reasonable faith – what is faith?
This post will begin to flesh out the excesses that frequently appear in the teachings of those promoting predestination (think Calvinists). As I wrote previously, I heartily endorse that God foreknows, chooses and predestines men and women to be saved. I also believe that the bible teaches that we have free will. So, while I … Continue reading Some detail on the excesses, part 1
One objection to Christianity that is posed by secular society today is that our faith is too exclusive. It is too exclusive in its truth claims and too exclusive as to the means of salvation. Of course anyone who objects to a truth claims because it is exclusive clearly doesn't understand the nature of truth … Continue reading Who needs Jesus, anyway?
Why all this debate over predestination vs. free will. I mean, it appears to me that answers for most of the questions are readily at hand. We shouldn't be surprised at this, since the bible deals specifically with such questions. If God set out to reveal these things to us, chances are he has succeeded, … Continue reading Excesses of predestinationists
I was delighted to discover that someone is animating the talks and writings of C.S. Lewis on Youtube. If you're not familiar with him, let me inform you that Lewis was a Christian apologist and an intellectual hero of the 20th century. He was a brilliant writer and is probably best known for a series … Continue reading How we know things
This is just a quick blog post to draw your attention to the fact that new page has been added to the site. In the sidebar you should see a link to God's design for marriage. Since I put it up as a page instead of a post, it didn't show up in the subscription … Continue reading New audio teaching available
In part 1 we considered the apostle's statement that the righteous are scarcely saved. The immediate context connects it with God's judgment of his own people. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that … Continue reading A close call, part 2
In one place, the apostle Peter writes of the chosen people of God as almost not being saved. He writes as if it were a close call, that you and I just barely made it in. What made the difference in your life? For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house … Continue reading A close call, part 1
Humanism is a philosophy and a worldview in conflict with the gospel. It is an alternative religion because it replaces the authority of God with the wisdom of man. Humanism says that the mind of man is sufficient to achieve morality and happiness on its own, without reference to God. Humanism fits very nicely in … Continue reading Humanism is cursed by God