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Creation: The Glory!

Creation: The Glory!

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference “The heavens declare the glory of God,” says Psalm 19:1, “and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” I’m not sure my son at 20 years of age has ever really seen the night sky at its best, in good conditions and far from city lights. His younger sister probably has, from a mountain conference center in Pennsylvania. One of my best experiences with the night sky was in 1977,…

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Love or Cruelty: If Evolution Is True, What’s the Moral Difference?

Love or Cruelty: If Evolution Is True, What’s the Moral Difference?

Why does love exist? Why is there suffering? Why is anything the way it is in the natural world? Because of evolution. That, at any rate, is the answer provided by those who believe in naturalistic evolution. Naturalistic evolution (NE) is the theory that every feature of life, including physical structures, physical functions, and also behaviors, has come about by the process of natural selection (NS) acting upon random variation (RV). Along with NS and RV there may be some…

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Practice What He Preached?

Practice What He Preached?

The other day I was stopped behind this car at a traffic light near home, and noticed a bumper sticker on it that I had never seen before. It had Jesus’ face on it along with symbols from 15 different religions, and it read, “Practice what he preached.” I was so intrigued I snapped this photo with my phone. Here’s a close-up from Amazon, in case it’s hard to read. The message is a restatement of the more familiar “Coexist,”…

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“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”

“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”

Difficult? Or Impossible? Years ago I was in an undergraduate social psychology lecture at the University of Central Florida. The professor, speaking of attitudes toward homosexuality, told us, “Christians say they can ‘hate the sin but love the sinner,’ but I think that’s pretty hard.” By his non-verbals it was clear that he meant is was really quite impossible. In a way I agree with him. Jesus himself was realistic about love. In a classic passage, Matthew 5:43-48, he says,…

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The Humbling Insult of God’s Unconditional Love

The Humbling Insult of God’s Unconditional Love

We’re on the leading edge of a long weekend here (Monday is Memorial Day in the United States). I’m the last to leave my office today; the boss gave us all the afternoon off, but I decided to stay a while, to read and write in the quiet. It’s not, I’m sad to say, as quiet within me as it is around me. So much to do! So much to catch up on! And why? Misunderstanding Why God Loves Us…

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