Why You Might Be A Bible Shredding, Gospel Contorting Christian: A Few Key Ideas on Reading the Scripture Well

With fine precision and delicate care, the paper of this ancient tome gently separates. Slivers of verses are stripped from those which it is surrounded by, robing them from the context in which they were written. And while few would intentionally dissect the scripture, putting scissor to paper and creating a confetti of spiritual insights, we do just that. What young Christian hasn’t played popcorn Bible reading. Someone calls out a page and... Read More

Are You Destined For A Specific Career?: Making the Gamble of Choosing A Passion

Image by Royalty-Free With the millions of choices placed in front of us through this life and the dozens of passions which develop, choosing what we ought to dedicate our lives to is no simple matter. In fact, it can be rather schizophrenic. It is as if we reach into the well that is our heart and only pluck out a few select things, laying the rest aside to languish. Having to randomly select which part of your soul you will not pursue for the sake... Read More

What Does Science Tell Us About Our Soul?

Image by Lola Scott A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Science has the incredible ability to open up new sections of dialogue with the scripture and theology. Eric McClellan has done just that in many articles, including his most recent guest post at Pangea Blog—a site dedicated to bringing the king together in unity much as the continents once were united as one until split apart. In his article, Eric posses several questions about the soul, physics, and... Read More

Marriage and Divorce: Restoring the Sacredness of a Perverted Sacrament

Image by Tanesa Flavell We have become a culture of divorce, free sex, and relationships resting on pleasure. Something has got to change. Should marriage be abandoned? Or should it be restored and rebuilt? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below on marriage, divorce, and sex. _______________ America has become a divorce culture. While numerous and divergent statistics can be cited, the most common number is 50%. Those are some pretty... Read More

Setting the Ground Rules: Thoughts on Free Will, Determinism, and Compatibilism

Image by Hansworld Whenever the concept of free will is brought up, there is bound to be disagreement. There are many people who have solidified themselves into a very rigid stance regarding free will and even some who would literally fight tooth and nail in order to prove themselves correct. There are countless arguments over predestination, determinism and free will around the internet and even a handful on this site alone. That being said, there... Read More

A Christian Guide to Choosing a Birth Control Method

Image by JackelynAnn There are some groups of Christians, such as the Quiverfull movement , who are opposed to the use of birth control. I’m not a member in any of those groups. I’m in the group that advocates the use of birth control in a monogamous marriage, whereby both partners have prayerfully considered the chosen method and agree that it is God honoring, obedient to His call for their marriage, and respectful of human life. As a mom of... Read More

On Worship: An Insightful Glimpse into the Mind of Dustin Lau

If you haven’t heard of Dustin Lau, you will. His new album has not left the confines of my car speakers since his new solo album released. Clashing Indie sounds with sweeping worshipful lyrics, his songs and their lyrics stick with you. One can’t help but fall into worship while listening. Many know Dustin as one of the guitar players for Jack Hamilton whose new album topped the Itunes charts in both worship and in general only weeks ago. As... Read More

Trusting in Our Words Instead of Trusting in God: The Paradox of Faith In the Miraculous

As I sat on the bench preparing for a day of service, I heard a woman wailing outside. Our medical team was preparing for a full day of work in the jungle. We hadn’t even opened the doors yet to see patients because we had just arrived. After a few minutes I saw my dear friend, the former strongest man in Peru, carrying a woman writhing in pain. She couldn’t walk, she could barely talk, and my immediate reaction was to stare. Through translators... Read More

Prophecy—A Christian’s Crystal Ball? Thoughts on Discerning God’s Voice from Among Men

Image by CubaGallery Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Marmaduke, Andy Capp, and the Horoscopes. More or less in that order. Was Calvin going to conquer some new universe? Should Garfield go on a diet? Was I going to have a good day? Should I have stayed in bed? What better way to start my morning than a few laughs, and a blueprint for how my day would go? If I wanted to get real serious, the night before I could call a late night hotline, and get... Read More

Why Becoming Holy is Not Through Trying Harder: Thoughts on Sanctification and Self-Examination

  Image by Davide Musardo If we can be honest and look at the condition of the Christian Church in the world, and especially in the U.S., I think that we would all be disappointed in the way that we live out our lives on a daily basis. This is a point often brought up to contest the validity of our faith because Christianity as a system of moral living has failed. This is not a trivial point. As a religion that puts so much stake in right living,... Read More

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