Your Pain Is Not Like Mine
When confronting tragedy the hardest thing is to let people into your world of pain and suffering. True friends respect that and are not distracted by the red herring of the theology of suffering and evil. But there may come a point when we want to ask how do Christians respond to suffering?
In the link above, I've outlined a brief strategy that I think everybody should follow when being a friend to those going through the grief process; particularly if you have no Read more [...]
One of the perplexing questions that troubles most Christians is the question of the suffering and evil. It is often used by those who don't believe as proof that God does not exist. Don't be arrogant when you confront it.
Anybody who professes that this is an easy question to answer is not being intellectually honest. There are so many that try to dismiss this question with trite answers. It is just not acceptable. People who are seeking answer, particularly people who are in pain need to be Read more [...]
Jesus And Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
I was thinking about Jesus and forgiveness and the man who went to the King and got his debt forgive (Matt 18:21-35) This man went out and put another man in prison for owing him less even though the second man asked for forgiveness in the same way as the first. When the king who had forgiven the first man found out, he revoked his forgiveness of that debt and sent the original man to prison.
This parable could be Read more [...]
Doctrine Is Precisely What Faith Is Not
If I were to talk to you about what faith is not, would you agree that "it is not doctrine"? I think that most would agree with that. Yet when I put forward the idea that doctrine is not as important to God as faith I am often confronted with Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
The implication Read more [...]
I was surprised by Ecclesiastes 8:17. I've always considered the book of Ecclesiastes to be possibly the most depressing book in the whole of the bible. But I've just discovered from my regular bible reading that I've never really understood it. Read more [...]