Bible

Duck? Duck? Goose.

Duck? Duck? Goose.

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Literally Noir

Literally Noir

The streets of the city are always dark, especially when it’s raining. And they just put a fresh coat of grime down 67th street. It got all over my office window. Not that you can see anything out my office window anyway. And if you could, you wouldn’t want to. I’ve seen it all, and […]

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

By Eric M. Pazdziora Once upon a time on Mother’s Day, the preacher at whatever church we were attending made this remark: “Proverbs 31 has been used, probably more than any other passage of Scripture, to beat women over the head.” One can certainly see his point.  How many times have we seen women struggling […]

The Best Road, Part 2: More Like Jesus

The Best Road, Part 2: More Like Jesus

Last time, I answered a question from a reader who wondered why there are so many hardships in the Christian life.  I said that, according to what the Bible teaches, everything (good or bad) that God allows into our life is for the purpose of making us more like Jesus.  But I didn’t anticipate an […]

God's Little Instruction Book?

God’s Little Instruction Book?

A lot of people seem to read the Bible this way: [Note: that’s apparently an actual book, oddly enough, but the following is not any kind of review or comment on it; I haven’t read it and don’t plan to.] God’s Little Instruction Book. Sounds pretty good, no? You want to know what to do […]

Hypocriticism

Hypocriticism

When I was in high school, I worked under a man who for some reason didn’t like me.  So he decided to sabotage my career.  He spread false stories about me behind my back, saying that I wasn’t a good worker.  He insulted me in front of my friends.  He managed to get me written […]

20 Reasons to Abandon a Bugaboo

20 Reasons to Abandon a Bugaboo

bugaboo \’bə-gə-bü\ n. 1. an imaginary object of fear 2. an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear “…If I know anything of the truth of God, then the objectors to Christianity, so far as I am acquainted with them, do not; their arguments, not in themselves false, have nothing to do with the […]

R. A. Torrey Debunks the Da Vinci Code

R. A. Torrey Debunks the Da Vinci Code

Originally posted May 2006. I put this together back when The Da Vinci Code and its remarks on the authority of the Bible were the hottest topic of conversation. With the publication of Dan Brown’s new book, and with few signs of popular misconceptions about the Bible dying down, I thought it was worth reviving. […]

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Yes, there is such a parable in the original. The first several times I didn’t realize what it was about; Jesus insists on framing the question in a way that invalidates most of our categories of discussing the issue. I’ve taken the liberty of writing my own paraphrase, with a few hopefully not-entirely-unwarranted interpolations and […]