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!

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Coda

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Good Friday Deception?

What’s so Good about Friday?

There are those out there who believe Jesus’ crucifixion was in fact the crushing, final defeat it appeared to be.

"My god, my god, why have you forsaken me?" (Eloi eloi lama sabachtani?)

Evidence, they say, that Jesus realized in the last few minutes of life that his naive belief in a loving Father was no match for the powers and systems of the world. They believe that Jesus was experiencing the abject horror of one who realizes he is about to die in vain.

I say these people couldn’t be more wrong.

It seems they haven’t read Psalm 22.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

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In celebration of Easter week, the E-book version of Who's Got God is on sale for just a dollar! You can read it on any e-reader, your phone, your tablet, your computer, or you can just print it out!

Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, I promise you'll find something in there to make you think more deeply about your own spiritual journey.

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--Jeremy
Truth poorly defended loses not its truthfulness;
likewise Falsehood aptly defended loses not its falsity.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The War On Christmas Needs You!

Seems like there’s a lot of talk on American news these days about The War On Christmas. I don’t know if regular people actually believe in this or whether it’s just something that the cable news channels drum up to manufacture ratings, but certain news personalities seem to have confused the changing cultural landscape of our society with an active assault against God Almighty.

My view is that if your god is weakened or threatened by the changing cultural standards of the country you live in, he’s a pretty puny, tribalistic god. A god you believe in for much the same reasons you root for your favorite sports team—because you live close to it (this is a red-blooded Angels fan writing, so I know all about tribalistic loyalties). Anyway, a weak god. Not the living God of the universe whose immense power spoke all things into existence. No, the real God is not on His throne worried, His plans are not threatened, and His will is not thwarted by any so-called “war on Christmas”.