This is one of those "whaaaa?" statements that's gone through my mind off and on the past few years. I don't recall hearing it when I was younger and more into church and all, but then again, I've forgotten a lot. I've heard this phrase a few times in recent years, more and more often … Continue reading Blitz Q: #111– What the heck is it supposed to mean when a Christian says, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship”?
This one I've wondered about a while, but it really hit me when I was driving to my music lesson yesterday morning. I saw a couple of billboards on my hour-drive out that featured some services. One was a roofing company that didn't specifically say "Christian," but the name referenced Old Testament ritual (not going … Continue reading #110– Why do some businesses indicate “Christian” in their advertising? What’s the point of that?
I was watching oodles of YouTube vids about Christian apologetics (why I did such a thing without finishing my coffee, I don't know), and somebody in the criticism comments referenced this article. I almost spit my coffee out reading it. The article is a bit stale--nearly 10 years old--but so damn good I couldn't help … Continue reading Stale from The Onion: “Sumerians Look On In Confusion as God Creates World”
My Copy: 9780825429309 (image from bn.com) It's not a long read. Not at all. And the title pretty much speaks for itself regarding what the book is about: answering the question of the prosperity gospel as compared to the Bible's teachings. It's not an exhaustive bit of research (A Different Gospel started that one about … Continue reading Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge
First of all: This re-reading the Bible thing is going to take a LOOOONNNNG time. I'm not even halfway through Genesis and I've already got about 10 pages of notes and questions. Yes, I'm taking the Bible for what it is, reading it in order. All I can say is I'm remembering why I got … Continue reading Sunday, Boring Sunday: God, Guns, Family, Friends, & Paranoia… I’ve had enough.
Okay, this one's been bugging me off and on for a year. I see the term dropped randomly in questioning blogs, atheist blogs and videos, Christian articles, etc. It seems self-evident to a lot of people, but not to me. And I think it's the term. When I first heard the word "apologetics," I first … Continue reading #087–What the Heck are Christian Apologists?
Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?
My Copy: 9781565631328 (image from bn.com) Some people wanting to dig into learning about the word of faith movement, aka the "prosperity gospel," will have a good start with this book. I'm sure this 1994 text has made it into the bibliographies of plenty of books that have come since, whether criticizing the word of … Continue reading A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell
I had a hard time getting through this play. I tried four times to get into it, and eventually I got enough out of it to get what was going on...somewhat. Maybe it's just been a bad month. I know I've been way behind on reading lately and my goals will suffer for it, and … Continue reading “The Merchant of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare