"Did God really say?" is a famous question -- it is the first question asked in the Bible. It is also an infamous question -- it was asked by the Serpent, who represents the deceiver in the Bible. Satan, if you like. With this seemingly well meaning question, the devil threaded the needle that would … Continue reading Learning to ask “Did God really say?” again.
Is Satan a Christian?
Are you a Christian? How do you know? Are you sure? What criteria do you use to tell if someone is a Christian or not? What are the "essential doctrines" or "fundamentals" that one must agree with and believe to be considered a true convert? And one more thing: Does the devil possess any of these … Continue reading Is Satan a Christian?
When Being Honest and Sincere is a Bad Thing
"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
Is the Bible a Work of Plagiarism?
I came across this interesting comic on the web (below). A teacher gave her students the following assignment: What is the "Golden Rule" and its source? The answers she got from her students are quite telling. In fact, many atheists use this example to illustrate why they think the Bible is not the Word of God but … Continue reading Is the Bible a Work of Plagiarism?
The Moment of Truth [Game Show]
The Moment of Truth is a 2008/09 American TV game show whereby participants get to answer 21 questions and stand to win a grand prize of $500,000. Prior to going on the show, each participant is administered a polygraph exam. This is done by answering 50 random questions, most of which are intensely personal. 21 … Continue reading The Moment of Truth [Game Show]
What Is Joseph Prince Doing on TBN?
Exactly. I thought I was the only one asking this question. Apparently, I am not. In the few times that I've listened to snippets of Joseph Prince's sermons, I've found it difficult to understand how he gets airtime on TBN. Yes, he admits that he is a Word of Faith preacher like the rest of … Continue reading What Is Joseph Prince Doing on TBN?
The Truth About The Truth
I've been thinking about stories, and why they are such effective, timeless modes of communication. Children learn best through stories. So do adults. The best writers are storytellers. Stories just have a way of gripping our attention because they invade our imagination. Stories enter the minds of their hearers unannounced and take a seat on … Continue reading The Truth About The Truth
21 Steps to Biblical Fellowship
"That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we … Continue reading 21 Steps to Biblical Fellowship
The Truth! Do You Know Him?
He stumbles into my courtyard. His hands tightly bound at the wrists in leather straps. His hair is an entangled mess of blood and sweat, yet there seems to be no scratch or cut on his face. I wonder wonder whose blood that is, or where it came from. His knees are buckling with exhaustion. … Continue reading The Truth! Do You Know Him?
Sanctify Them by Your Truth, Father. [“The Sex Files”]
It has come to my attention that my last review of Mavuno Church's ongoing series, The Sex Files: Living in an R-Rated World came off to many people as being predominantly [and therefore unfairly] negative. It appeared as if I was out to pick out all the flaws in the sermon and ignore all the … Continue reading Sanctify Them by Your Truth, Father. [“The Sex Files”]
The Problem with Half Truths in Preaching
You've probably heard or read this quote before, "The problem with half-truths is if you have the wrong half." Well, the truth is that there is no such thing as a half truth. It doesn't really matter which half you have, they are both falsehoods. I am not the first person to point this out. … Continue reading The Problem with Half Truths in Preaching