I got to Starbucks early this morning and immediately thought about Moses and the Ten Commandments because of a meme I responded to yesterday. I was just thinking, wouldn’t it be cool when God said, “You shall worship no other gods…” if you could ask him for a reason other than, “Or else I’ll destroy … Continue reading Reasoning With God
I’m at Starbucks this morning with a great cup of the bold blend. Ahhh! Got me to thinking about what life is like after death - or what Christians call Eternal Life. When Jesus started his ministry, he took his chosen twelve and a bunch of other people up on the side of a mountain … Continue reading Narrow Gate
Coffee! Coffee! The sun has finally risen. After my first cup of dark roast I got to thinking about the master copy of the Bible. Wouldn’t it be great if the original manuscript of the Bible existed? Wait! You didn’t realize that the original, the master copy of the Christian Bible does not exist? It … Continue reading No Master Copy
In her book, The Bible, Karen Armstrong finishes a chapter on Sola Scriptura with the following message: Sola scriptura could point people in the direction of the Bible, but it could never provide an absolute mandate: people could always find alternative texts to support an opposing point of view. By the seventeenth century, religious people … Continue reading The Bible Is A Confusing Book
The Voroneț Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voroneț, now a part of the town Gura Humorului. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County.
Enjoying my first cup of coffee on a beautiful Saturday morning. I got to thinking… did Adam and Eve have coffee in the Garden of Eden? There are two creation accounts in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Chapter one of Genesis describes the first creation story and isn't at all about Adam and … Continue reading Forbidden Fruit
Palm Sunday gets its name from the palm branches thrown on the road ahead of Jesus’ trek into Jerusalem - sometimes called Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The passages are found in all four of the Gospels: Matthew 21:1–11, Mark 11:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19. In some of the old movies you'll see Jesus' … Continue reading Palm Sunday
I’m enjoying coffee with the Gods this morning. My wife and I went to dinner last evening with some good friends. We enjoyed a nice meal and a very nice conversation. Thank you, guys! I find the discussion of the philosophy of God fascinating. If you know me you’ll know that our discussions usually end … Continue reading Let’s Talk God
Great coffee this morning! Got me to thinking about one of the dilemmas I had as a Christian - unanswered prayers. The Gospels are full of passages, sayings by Jesus, that says that all you gotta do is pray to God and he’ll answer. Sometimes I wondered if Jesus meant this only for his apostles. … Continue reading Praying
I was baptized in a Methodist Church, belonged to a Lutheran Church for many years where my son was baptized, went back to the Methodist Church for awhile, before attending a Non-denominational Christian Church. And not once did I ever have my feet washed! But, there are many Christian churches who practice this ritual - … Continue reading You Wash My Feet, I’ll Wash Yours!
What does a Big Mac, The Brady Bunch and The Ten Commandments have in common? You’d have to have a bizarre imagination if you came up with something. A survey conducted in 2007 by Kelton Research showed that we Americans know more about the Big Mac and the The Brady Bunch than we do about … Continue reading Big Mac or Brady Bunch?
Enjoying my coffee this morning at the kitchen table, watching the squirrels and the birds on the back deck. A thought just occurred to me concerning the Apostle Paul. The author of the Gospel of Luke is the same person that wrote about Paul in the Acts of the Apostles. Scholars agree that Acts was … Continue reading Paul Did Not Lie!
"Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.” 1 Thessalonians 5:26 The first book in the New Testament is the Gospel of Matthew but it is not the first Christian writing. Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians and it was the first Christian writing, dating to about 49 C.E. Paul wrote this epistle about 20 years … Continue reading Trivia on Paul’s Epistles
I used to be believe in religion. My religion had many, many rules - and claimed those rules to be inspired by God. My religion even had their top ten laws engraved in stone. My religion is a religion of love although we condemn certain groups of people. We are told that we should love … Continue reading Leaving Religion
Over coffee this morning, I pondered the question, What makes us a Christian Nation? Statistics indicate that the United States of America is the most Christian nation in the world. We call ourselves a "Christian Nation" for various reasons that I won’t get into in this particular blog post. Given the percentage of Americans who … Continue reading Christian Nation Paradox