I love reading the Bible over coffee first thing in the morning. Then I got to thinking... was it Peter or Paul that was responsible for starting the Christian religion? My opinion is that it had to be Paul! He was a heck of a persuasive character to convince those Greek-speaking communities to give up … Continue reading Did Paul Start Christianity?
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. … Continue reading The Civil War and God’s Will
I slept in a little this morning but I guess that’s the luxury of being retired. It’s quiet, I have my first cup of dark roast in hand, and God is already talking to me. The word “doubt” comes to mind for some odd reason. Doubt is one of those words that Christians are uncomfortable … Continue reading Doubt
My favorite coffee is a dark roast and I spend a lot of my writing at Starbucks. When I’m at home I use a Starbucks dark roast and the drip method, making one cup at a time. It’s slow but worth it. Coffee is extremely good this morning! How do you have yours? Mine’s black! … Continue reading Did Jesus Die For Our Unpardonable Sins?
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?