Tag: Christian Life

Don’t Pray for Patience

There’s a common saying among Christians: “Don’t pray for God to teach you patience–you won’t like what he’ll put you through to learn it!” I don’t think much of that saying. It makes God look like a nasty schoolmaster, for one thing. It’s also the wrong reason. That is,...

They Also Serve

I’m waiting. I’ve been waiting. I can’t tell you how much of my life lately has been about waiting. I’m waiting for my foot to heal from surgery so I can walk again. I’m waiting for someone’s decision on a major proposal. I’m waiting for the release of my...

Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Jesus saves vs. Jesus affirms: which is the better answer for the moral questions of our day? A whole lot of people are telling us Jesus Christ approves of homosexual practice and gay marriage. That’s one way of solving a moral issue: find a way to hear Jesus saying...

“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” by Michael Brown

Book Review Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality by Michael Brown. The question of homosexuality keeps moving inward on Christianity. Once it was, “can you be gay and be accepted in secular society?” Later it became, “can you you be...

Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

I've been reading David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God. I would recommend Hart to atheists the way I would recommend Hitchens to theists: both are (or were, sadly, in Hitchens' case) among the finest fitters of words in the contemporary literature concerning God. There is of course an...

A Rough Season

It’s been a rough season for me. I never expected that I would still be wearing a cast 20 weeks after foot surgery. The tendon repair went well enough, but I developed a stress fracture when I started using the foot again. The treatment for that is several weeks...

Just the Wrong Way To Treat A Human Being

The Friendly Atheist passes along the account of an high school student who reportedly backed down from her quest to start an atheist club because of “numerous threats and … verbal attacks,” and a “vindictive which-hunt to hurt the reputations of affiliated local groups and our own family.” I’m assuming...

Scott Hamilton: “I Am Second”

I’ve been listening to Scott Hamilton’s NBC Olympic ice skating commentary all week. He’s one of the best: personal, honest, gracious. Turns out there’s a side to his life I never knew. Olympic Gold Medalist and figure skating commentator Scott Hamilton knows a thing or two about preparation and...

Evidence for God: Humanness, From a Personal Angle

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith How do we know Christianity is true? What evidence is there for our beliefs? The answers to the first question are as broad-ranging as the question itself. The answers to the second depend on which beliefs we have in mind....