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Don’t Pray for Patience

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, I agree with the advice, “Don’t pray for patience.” I just think there’s a far better reason for it. Lessons from experience I think I have a bit of background from…

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They Also Serve

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 next book. I waited days for tech support to bring this website back up again from disaster. I’m not waiting passively. I have plenty to do, and I’m keeping busy. Still…

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

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 it’s okay after all. I don’t think much of that, and the reason I’m going to give probably isn’t what you think it’s going to be. I’ve written often enough here…

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

“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 gay and be accepted in liberal churches?” Now, with the publication of books like Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian (reviewed here), the question has moved inside the walls of…

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Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

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 enormous difference between the two authors, and thus in the way I would recommend them. They both know how to say things well, but Hart has the overwhelming advantage over Hitchens…

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A Rough Season

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 of total rest, meaning that I had to go back on crutches and/or the knee walker. On one level, that was fine. My job does not require that I on my…

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Just the Wrong Way To Treat A Human Being

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 the reports are true. This is the wrong way to treat a human being. It’s the wrong way to advance Christian beliefs. It’s just wrong. Sometimes we Christians embarrass ourselves. It’s…

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Scott Hamilton: “I Am Second”

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 dedication. His sport demands that a competitor come as close to perfect as possible. No break or fault goes unpunished by the judges. Scott mastered the sport and its nuances to…

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Evidence for God: Humanness, From a Personal Angle

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. This series is title, in part “Why I Believe.” I don’t intend to stay focused on that for long, since my reasons for belief need not have anything to do with…

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