The book of Esther is famous for being the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Where is God in Esther? Is He just working "behind the scenes", inferred and "providential", rather than explicit? And is the God of Esther the God of the gospel that we believe in as Christians? I … Continue reading Where is God in Esther?
“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV) The difference between demons and the children of God is not in their "beliefs", but in their "lives". God demands PERFECT obedience. So does this mean that we are to always do right and never fail or fall … Continue reading When Obedience is Disobedience: A Gospel Primer
"What matters is that you are sincere" sounds like good advise, and it is, as we shall see in a moment. But it can also be the worst advise to give anyone. God does, indeed, want us to be sincere about what we do. A common dictionary definition of sincere is "free from pretense or … Continue reading When Being Honest and Sincere is a Bad Thing
Stories are powerful. Unfortunately, that is not a logical conclusion. That's just how stories are. Like music, we don't have to understand the physiology of stories on our brains to declare their power. Stories don't try to convince you, argue with you, reason with you. Good stories don't tell you, they simply show you. They … Continue reading The Powerful Weakness of Stories
"YOU CAN DO IT" is a new age, positive thinking bunch of baloney. The truth is that "you can do it through Christ who gives you strength". Your strength is really yours by proxy. Jesus is the difference. An important and necessary difference. We can do nothing without Him. In fact, we have never done … Continue reading You Can Do It… (a big fat lie)
Why do bad things happen to good people? I may attempt to understand Judas, that he was simply human, but can someone please explain to me Joseph? Or Job? Were these two men superhuman? Of course, in both of their stories, God gives us a glimpse behind the curtains of providence: The devil was trying … Continue reading The Hero in My Story
I am not a very good guy. Actually, I can't even say that I am good at all. No, don't judge me by what my friends say about me. I live with me, I am in my presence 24-7. I know my heart, and I know the evil that resides there here. It is hard … Continue reading Stuck With the Gospel