Wednesday, February 18, 2015

For the Skeptical Atheist

On this blog I call myself a skeptical believer. That is, I am a believer but I tend to habitually question everything. I don't go for pat answers or religious cliches. For me this way of thinking is mostly a blessing as it makes me confident that the things I believe in are real, but it doesn't come without cost. There are many times I've wished for a simple uncomplicated faith where I didn't have to wrestle and debate every single point of every single belief like two countries hammering out a peace negotiation line by line.

I know many of you reading this are like me. You are a searcher of genuine truth no matter what it is, and I know that many of you arrive at very different conclusions than I do. This essay then is written for you, the skeptical atheist. The person who genuinely desires to know what is true and real, but leans toward the conclusion that there is no God, that we are alone in a cold, hostile universe. I honestly sympathize with your struggle, and I can respect the reasons you have for believing thusly. They're very compelling. However, I ask you to consider the following:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guess How Much [My Genes] Love You

"Daddy, do you love me?"

"Of course I do sweetheart. Higher than the moon is high."


"Yes, darling?"

"Why do you love me?"

"Well my little angel...I..I don't really have a choice.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ludicrous Belief, Go!

Is this thing on?

Hey there! How's it going? Long time no see! I'm not dead--it's just that when I started this blog years ago I didn't have a full-time job as a writer with two kids...and now I do. It's hard to find the mental energy to think deep thoughts and try to write them down coherently when you've already spent your entire working day writing down other things and your free time doesn't start until 9pm. I'm sure all you parents out there know exactly what I'm talking about.

So anyway, I finally wrote up the rough draft of a post on atheism that I promised months ago. Hopefully that will be out in a few days. Before I post that one, though, I wanted to lay a little groundwork with an aside on what people believe and how we tend to react to others who believe something different than us.

Here's my thesis:

No matter what your spiritual or atheistic beliefs are, you believe something ludicrous and crazy.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Still Alive

So it's been a long time since my last post. I've actually been spending my writing time in the comments section of an earlier article I wrote titled Your God Sucks. It tends to pop up in people's search results when they type "god sucks" into their search engine, and although I didn't intend this when I first wrote the piece, it attracts the attention of a lot of people who are very angry at either God or Christians, or both.

Consequently, it's very important to me to address their complaints as best I can in the comments section of a blog, and so the time I'd normally spend writing a new blog post has instead been spent responding there. I've also been having a side conversation with one of my commenters on their blog. If you're interested, head over to the bottom of the Your God Sucks page to read what's been going on there over the past several months.

I do have a post on atheism that I've been cookin' up that hopefully I'll write within the next few weeks. Possibly another addition to my Christians Are Today's Pharisees series as well.

In the meantime, I'd like to recommend the book Why the Universe Is the Way It Is by Hugh Ross. I recently rediscovered it on my bookshelf and am enjoying reading through it again. It's a Christian astrophysicist's discussion about many scientific issues such as why the universe is billions of years old, why it's so vast if we're the only people in it, why the laws of death and decay exist, and even a discussion on the physics of the new creation. Very interesting stuff for a modern-day Christian to think about.

See you again soon!

Truth poorly defended is still truth;
Falsehood aptly defended it still false.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I want to tell you a personal story that illustrates why I get so angry that we’ve allowed ourselves to become known by the spirit of pride and condemnation.

Before I get there, I should recognize that I’m often critical of the church in my writings. People may get the impression I hate it. I don’t. I actually love the church. And like I said earlier, I recognize there are multitudes of us who quietly go about our lives being merciful, showing charity, and being a real light in this world—the whole world, not just our own little Christian circles. I’m fortunate to know lots and lots of you like that. My friends at Journey saved my belief in this.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Christians Are Today's Pharisees, pt. 2

< --- Part One

In America we Christians, fairly or not, have collectively become known to our culture to be like Pharisees. All of us, Catholics and Protestants alike, need to hear and learn from Jesus here:
“Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matt 9:13)
Jesus calls to sinners. He doesn't convict them. He gives hope, healing, and mercy to anyone. He loves furiously and he offers good news to bad people. And the sinners flocked to him by the thousands.

They still do today, by the billions.

Meanwhile, the respectable, "righteous" religious people couldn't accept him because he wouldn't take a "stand against sin". He wouldn't sign their petitions to "preserve morality". He actually seemed to enjoy partying with corrupt bureaucrats, alcoholics, and hookers.

When someone first learns that you're a Christian, which of these 2 camps do you believe they automatically think you fall into?

How do we get rid of this stain on our character?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees

I love Matthew 23. It’s Jesus laying down a no-holds-barred smackdown on the self-righteous Pharisees. It blows the caricature of a flannelgraph, mild-mannered inoffensive Jesus out of the water.

Here’s the thing, though.

Today, he’s speaking those words to us.

We are today's Pharisees.