Judges 3: Faith Verses Action

There is one reaction to a Christian who owns guns that is almost universal: “What, don’t you trust in God?” The implication is that by owning a means of self defense, Christians who own guns are putting their trust in something other than God. A quick quote of Psalm 20:7-8 often follows: Some trust in chariots [...] [...]

David and the Sword of Goliath

Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, [...] [...]

Devoted to Destruction

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Then they devoted all [...] [...]

On Faith

faith (feɪθ) n 1 strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence -Collins English Disctionary (8th edition, 2006) This definition of faith undergirds much of our modern worldview —faith is about what you cannot prove, science is about what you can prove. If a scientist says something, it’s a fact. If the Scriptures [...] [...]

What are You Learning?

As astounding as it might seem, you can actually learn helplessness. In reality, you can go farther than simply learning helplessness, and end up supporting the cause of those who have created your helpless situation —the Stockholm Syndrome. Putting this into the context of the political world, we can suddenly see why it’s so important for [...] [...]

Defining Faith

“I have faith in God.” But what does that mean, exactly? Our modern definition of faith runs something like this: To have faith is to believe without warrant in things that are not provable and against reason. It is faith to believe in unseen friends, unseen “gods,” and unprovable assertions. But is this really what faith means? [...] [...]

Deconstructing Atheism

For anyone who’s been following the comments here, I’ve been having a conversation with an (apparent) atheist for some time. The comments have gone long, so I decided to return the last comment to an actual post. It will be instructive to deconstruct these arguments. So far, I’ve argued that science is held by faith [...] [...]

Magic Verses Faith

In a recent discussion with an apparent atheist, I was accused of believing in magic. Your beliefs ARE magic-based … this is the nature of religion. . I know this is a common perception, because it’s not the first time I’ve run into this idea that faith is just belief in magic. But is it a real assessment [...] [...]

What is Faith?

Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, [...] [...]

Enough

The question is, “how much is enough?” Three things have pointed me back to this question recently. We are gathered here today, in the midst of economic calamity, to ask if we really should be gathered here today, in a funhouse of merchandise designed to send us deeper into debt. … “I love shopping,” she says, [...] [...]