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 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”?

#110– Why do some businesses indicate “Christian” in their advertising? What’s the point of that?

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?

Stale from The Onion: “Sumerians Look On In Confusion as God Creates World”

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”

Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge

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

Sunday, Boring Sunday: God, Guns, Family, Friends, & Paranoia… I’ve had enough.

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.

#086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?

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?

A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell

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

My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

I was reading an atheist's post earlier today and it got me thinking about issues I have trouble with regarding my family and my own beliefs. To be more precise, trouble regarding my upbringing with parent-approved, pre-packaged beliefs dropped into my brain. Mom-approved would be even-more precise. Dad was never religious and I don't think … Continue reading My Christian Childhood & How it Might Have Helped Screw Up My Adulthood: A Theory.

“The Merchant of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

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