My Response to the Problem of Evil. Michael Shermer “really liked that answer”. At David Wood vs Michael Shermer debate (Does God exist?) 10/10/2016. I first thanked him and shared how I actually enjoyed listening to him. I proceeded to tell him I had 2 questions for him, but I have to share my history first – the senseless long suffering. I was also an ex-skeptic, lost many years of life and was disappointed in the Church / God at that time too. When I said, “I have struggled with this question for years”, we looked eye-to-eye and I think we recognized something in each other that had mutual respect. … More My Response to the Problem of Evil. Michael Shermer “really liked that answer” @ David Wood vs Michael Shermer debate (Does God exist?) 10/10/2016
Pilate and Jesus. One is on the side of power and accusation, the other like a lamb to be slaughtered. Pilate had already seen it all. He was the original Millennial of 0 A.D, before the Millennials of 2000 A.D. Even more so, this guy actually had great achievements. He was revered and envied. If he had Facebook, every small thought he posts would have thousands of likes by sycophants. Take a page from Pilate. Achievements on desperate display cannot fill up the God-shaped hope in your heart. … More Millennials and the Elephant in the Room – Pilate and Jesus (Part 2 of 5)
This is the heart of post-modernism, that there is no truth beyond the truth that we I make. In today’s climate, we live in sad contradiction. We are supposed to make our own goal posts, yet we feel pressured when others excel more than us. We are supposed to celebrate “doing things our own way” and “being ourselves”, until you step on some others who are also “being themselves”. As they say, today’s diplomacy is giving you permission to do things my way. But making men, including one’s self, the ultimate authority for truth and reality has always been a bad idea. Which dictator do you know who was not subject to a better higher power actually turned out well? Being forced to contend with the full force of relativism was a war on my mind. … More Millennials and The Elephant in the Room. (Part 1 of 5)
Song Share: Take Me With You – Samuel Lane. Running notes on consistent chords remind me of how we may feel stuck, yet something deep is changing for the better. The eye cannot see it. Doctors cannot see it. Parents cannot see it. Friends cannot see it. But you know that deep in your heart, your soul has seen it, that’s why it moves you. Your soul has seen it because God has already done it and has allowed you to have a glimpse of it. … More Song Share: Take Me With You – Samuel Lane
Doubt must be accompanied by darkness. But God doesn’t remove doubt. Instead, He re-routes it so that doubt can have it’s final purpose in making you the spiritual king and son that He wants you to be. And when God peels away the noise… the noise of our own flawed intuition… the noise of conventional wisdom… callous voices from naysayers… he can see out. And we will see greatness. A greatness in God, his Grace, and how this will forge greatness in you. It will be “so much more ” (Luke 12:28) than what we “think or imagine” (Eph 2:20) that the “things of this world will become strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” The lion isn’t as loud anymore, the sun isn’t the brightest thing anymore, the ocean is small by comparison; we even start to measure time by a different dimension. … More Doubt. Doubt. Let it all out. These are things I can do without. Part 2.
This was actually a reply to one of my readers who asked that beautiful, honest question: “… in your many years of pain, suffering and unfairness, did you doubt God?” I echo Miguel de Unauno who said, “Faith which does not doubt is dead faith”. … More Doubt, Doubt, Let it all out. These are the things I can do without. Part 1.
“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Jesus is your Map Hacker and Game Changer. He will customize that sublime sea to get you where you need to be. He will satisfy your free-will and His sovereignty in perfect balance to get you there. Therefore you won’t lose yourself in the process but be fully you as He is fully God. … More Work around your Abyss with Jesus (Part 2)
Being poor and rich, comfortable or suffering has no meaning on it’s own. Darkness and light within one’s journey has superficial meaning on it’s own. But in the hands of a master artist, dark and light patches in our lives can be made into a beautiful painting, filled with great meaning. And the whole is … More Unpacking “Redemption”