Recently I heard an excellent Bible teacher present a seminar on grace. During the course of this seminar, he made several statements that truly arrested me. It has made me think about the nature of grace. Exactly what is grace? This teacher asked those in the seminar to define grace. The immediate response was “God’s unmerited favor.” The teacher affirmed and agreed with this definition. But he was another question, is there more to grace than just God having a favorable attitude towards us. Continue reading
Question: “People have been saying to me that the Bible teaches the idea of karma. They say that the idea of ‘you reap what you sow’ in the Bible is the same as karma. Is the idea of ‘sowing and reaping’ the same thing as karma?” ~ D. in Afton, VA Continue reading
Some call them imponderables. They are those silly semantic quirks and inane realities of everyday life that we all hear, and are emailed by the dozens. They are oxymorons, paradoxes, and nonsensical things like…
* Why is there handicapped parking in front of skating rinks?
* Why is it that we park in driveways and drive on parkways?
* How can you have a jumbo shrimp?
* Why do banks leave their vault doors open, but chain their pens to the counter?
* Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
* Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? Continue reading
I must confess that often the reason I write one of these small essays is when something ticks me off. And, you guessed it, again something has rubbed me the wrong way. Actually, it has been something percolating for a time in that part of my brain that registers frustration and irritation. A few things I have heard recently have now caused the percolation to increase to a boil. Here is what I am upset over…
I am pretty tired of any time a Christian makes a statement that a certain behavior is sinful, as defined by the Bible itself, then that person is branded as intolerant and mean-spirited. I am tired of preachers and teachers being labeled as judgmental any time they address the issue of sin, especially specific ungodly actions. I am tired of parents, teachers, and church workers being castigated as being legalistic whenever they expect Christians of any age, but especially children, to behave in ways that the Scriptures deem as righteous and godly. Bottom line: I am tired of being judged as unfair, unforgiving, and ungracious when I simply agree with what the Bible says about sin, wickedness and evil. Continue reading