Christianity

The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn't God Just Forgive Us?

The Misadventures of Person C, or, Why Couldn’t God Just Forgive Us?

There’s a lot on my mind lately, but, though it’s not really a great pressing concern to me, I keep coming back to one particular issue.  Perhaps that means it will be illuminating to somebody, so here it is. From several places, I’ve heard what appears to be a common objection to the Gospel message: […]

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 […]

The Best Road

The Best Road

or, If God Has a Wonderful Plan for My Life, Why Am I Suffering? From my files: September 2008. My long-time readers know that the best way to get a post out of me is for somebody to ask me a thoughtful question.  That hasn’t happened as much lately as it used to, but the […]

"I Have a Sign": Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“I Have a Sign”: Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“Are you looking for a sign from God? This is it.” — seen on too many church signs In the popular imagination, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist “Church” probably deserve their status as the archetypal hateful ultra-fundamentalist spiritual abusers. (They’re the ones who popularized the infamous slogan, “God hates [anti-homosexual slur redacted]s.”) For reasons […]

"You Might Be a Sadducee If…"

“You Might Be a Sadducee If…”

[From my archives.] Ah, those good old Pharisees.  They’ve been dead and gone for centuries, yet we never tire of talking about the dangers of their beliefs.  I’ve lost count of the number of sermons I’ve heard, articles I’ve seen, and books I’ve read that in some way or another caution the Christians of modern […]

Is Christmas Pagan? Putting the “Bug” back in “Humbug”

Is Christmas Pagan? Putting the “Bug” back in “Humbug”

Now that Christmas is almost upon us, it is fitting that we turn our attention to the words of Christians who are doing their best to spread the message of their deeply cherished beliefs about the true meaning of this holiday season: "There is nothing Christian about Christmas. Sure, religion has tried to make it […]

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 […]