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One of my uncles died last week. He was 67. My dad is also 67.

I turned 35 today. If you cut my years on this earth in half and went back in time, it would be the summer between my junior and senior year of high school.

Blink.

Now I’m 35.

If you double the years I’ve already spent on this earth, I’ll be 70.

Blink blink.

It’s been a reflective couple of weeks for me. It’s a reflective time when I start realizing my parents and their siblings are the generation of people who are dying. Like when I was in 3rd grade and my grandpa died. I was sad, but also gained a pragmatic understanding: that’s what old people do, they die. Continue Reading…

Suffering is one of the most common reasons people doubt God.

If God is so loving, how can such bad things happen?

Trite statements by Christians only make this worse:

Something good will come out this, just wait.

God has a purpose for everything. 

Something good will come out of rape, child abuse, or the premature death of a loved one…

As if God were committing atrocities so we’d learn a lesson later.

I want to propose that most people live with the expectation that this world is heaven, so when they discover (through observing or experiencing suffering) that it isn’t, they are devastated.  Specifically, their idea of God is devastated.

This is a very complicated topic because we are indeed eternal beings, yet we do not live in an eternal world.

As eternal beings, we long for heaven.  Not just heaven as the place or destination, but a state of being without suffering, pain, disease, and death.  This is, in fact, what we were created for so it makes perfect sense we’d still be hardwired for this.  What we long for is a world without the effects of sin, while we live in the midst of a world riddled by these effects.

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It’s very politically correct nowadays to say that all ways lead to God.  Your view, my view and their view are all equally true, and to say otherwise is extremely offensive.

This offends me.

This first and foremost offends my intellect because it simply doesn’t make sense.  If I believe Continue Reading…

Romans 6:23 is one of the most common verses used in evangelism:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

It’s a key feature on the Romans Road Bible tract and in general serves as a summation of the gospel message we’ve been taught to spread:

  • You’re a sinner who deserves death/hell
  • Believe that Jesus died for your sins and you’ll be saved and given eternal life

Both of these things are very true.  Both of these are also very incomplete.

An incomplete gospel is a false gospel.

So what are the repercussions of spreading a false gospel?  The answer: A lot of people think they are Christians who really aren’t… Continue Reading…

A friend recently asked me about what to do when Jehovah’s Witness knock at your door.  I was reminded of a visit I received a year ago or so and a blog post I wrote about it (back when I wrote loooong blog posts!).  If they were in my friend’s neighborhood this week, maybe they are in yours too, so I thought this would be a good time to repost this.  Hope this is helpful.

Two Jehovah Witnesses stopped by my house today.  They are the 2nd pair to come by in the last two months or so.  While most of our natural reactions when JW’s or Mormons ring our doorbell is to tell them we’re not interested, or maybe even to get angry at them, I encourage Bible-believing Jesus-followers (a better description than “Christian” for what I consider myself!) to see these encounters as an opportunity to share the true message of Jesus with these witnesses.  The common bond that JW’s and Mormons have is that at the core of their faith, they believe we are saved by our good behavior (earning God’s approval), rather than being saved by our faith in the forgiveness and love of Jesus.  On a theological level, neither group believes Jesus is God (they don’t believe in the Trinity)… (both will tell you in some way that “Jesus saves us”, but how can Jesus save us from hell if he was a mere prophet or angelic figure, only God can conquer something as powerful as sin! -and you’ll find this is only lip service to him saving us, it is truly our works, in their minds, that save us in the end)

On a side note, a couple months before my first pair of JW’s came by (June), I had a pair of Mormons come by as well (April).  I learned a lot from each of these conversations.  For what it’s worth, the pair of Mormons were a lot more polite than the JW’s.  Continue Reading…