I love when my pastor puts out tweets/facebook posts like this:
Dear religious folk, please forgive me for participating in a cultural event that helps me meet my neighbors
Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard educated neurosurgeon, doubted the afterlife and admitted he did not see Jesus as anything more than a good man. Upon awaking from several days of brain death, he was whistling a different tune. Here are the questions that hit me. Is he lying? If he’s telling the truth, are Christians wrong about having to accept Jesus to go to heaven? If Christians are right, is hell not such a bad place then? …
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesian 6:11
Do you have on your armor? I’ve heard this metaphor on several occasions, usually at a church service or a Bible study group. My observation is that many do follow this verse, all the way to the comma, that is. But the armor is not worn to confront the enemy, to invade his territory or to breach his strongholds. It’s put on but then a general retreat and retrenching follows. “Stay out of strip clubs, casinos, and bars! Watch family friendly movies! Socialize with other church members! Stay away from ‘those’ people! Avoid, do not provoke, the enemy.”
How many of us have shiny new …
Today I came across a FaceBook post from a former colleague who was ridiculing the idea of Noah’s Ark and those who believe it. His comments were in response to a CNN story about a person who recreated a life-sized Noah’s Ark:
[His Post] Tell me again how you put all those animals and insects on…THIS?! In God, all things are possible…including duping a billion followers.
[His own response to his post] Let me guess: It was misinterpreted. No, wait…it’s a metaphor.
[A later response to his own post] I’m taking out personal frustration and loneliness on Facebook. I must admit, it is quite entertaining, in a morbid way, to identify those who cannot reason their way into the real world.
[Another’s Response] This isn’t …
Last Wednesday, I brought my son to a church service at his request. Within the previous few days, two members of the church had died, one earlier that day. The church was solemn, tearful, and had a few instances of uncontrolled wailing. Why?
In the spirit of full disclosure, I do not consider myself a Christian, so that’s why my references to them is in the third person. Why was a room full of allegedly saved Christians so miserable? The pastor briefly spoke of their reward with Jesus in a soft and somber voice with a look of great anguish on his face. Didn’t anyone believe what they claimed?
Before posting these questions, I searched the web for any satisfactory answer and found none. There …
To all the victims, the families, the first responders, healthcare providers, the parents of the shooter and everyone hurt by these devastating events:
God, grant peace. Come with justice, be present with your mercy. For the families who have now lost a loved one, I cannot imagine…Lord…even now be present to guide and comfort and strengthen families. For the wounded in both body and soul, bring clarity, restore hope and give peace. For the parents of the shooter…somehow Holy Spirit bring hope. For the responders and those who minister and help bring strength, resources and courage. For the shooter bring justice as only you can. Thank you for your grace.
In the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen …
I trust I will be forgiven for my blogging ineptitude and lack of finesse as I learn the ropes in this very exciting new adventure. This blog is dedicated to all those who–like myself and my friends who co-author this blog–believe the commitment to dialogue and intellectual discourse is vital to rebuilding our culture. It is an extension of discussions over pizza and beer (catalysts of deep thought) where the cardinal rule is “stay at the table and engage, whether you agree or disagree with what is being said. Be sincere in the expression of your beliefs, open to listening, and willing to follow truth wherever it leads.
Hi, I am John Wills. I am among many things a civil engineer who is passionate about anything …
Hanging out at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park Illinois waiting to hear Diana Krall sing some blues. The crickets are chirping, the conversations are energized and the wine is flowing as thousands of friends connect for an evening of celebration and joy.
Why? Why do we seek out beauty? What is it about music that touches something deep? Why do we seek out opportunities to experience life in the shared community that a concert provides? Furthermore, why is there “beauty” at all?
Neuroscience may track a certain brain activity via CT Scan when we experience beauty but this doesn’t solve the problem. Why do we seem wired for, made for music…for beauty? Earliest archeological discovery show early humans in europe engaged in making music as …
I have recently discovered for myself the work of M.C. Escher. I love to look at it and discover all the ways it represents a completely physically impossible world. I am proud to say his father was a civil engineer, and he had a deep interest in mathmatics. In fact, one of my favorites of his work is “Waterfall”. He spent time with Roger Penrose learning some crazy mathematics and borrowed one of Mr. Penrose’ creations for this piece. Look closely, and you will see water flowing up hill, a single support holding up parts of a path that are at 90 dergrees from each other, water in perpetual motion, all with a woman hanging her laundry. …