Recently, I had a twitter micro-discussion about how we, as a culture, treat homosexuals compared to Christians. I made comment that our culture today frowns upon Christians practicing their faith in public. They replied that this restriction should please Christians since Matthew 6:5 commands private worship. However, is this really the case? Read the rest of this entry »
When I was young, and attended Bible classes, I learned the value of forgiveness. I can still vividly recall the sensation when I realized that Jesus forgave my sins many years by His selfless death on the cross. I could not count all of the times I sinned. In God’s eyes, I deserved nothing less than separation from His Holy presence; I deserved to be cast into the Lake of Fire. Justice must be blind. Yet, love found a way. Read the rest of this entry »
Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.” I ask, “How do you know?” The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart. The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life. Read the rest of this entry »
I apologize for the lack of updates. A variety of things have occupied my mind and attention. My paying job, of course, tops that list. With that said, I do wish to write more, and will make every effort to do so as things calm down over the next month. I have several items on my docket including a list of old articles that I need to edit and republish. I also have more notes on the Mormon Book, Continuous Atonement, that I could flesh out, some thoughts on diet and materialism, a number of book reviews I could write, and a few fiction story ideas. I would love to hear if any of you have a preference on what I work on next.
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In the early 70’s, the supreme court lifted many governmental restrictions on abortions. In that sweeping decision, they split much of the nation into two camps, pro-life and pro-choice. Occasionally, my friends and I discuss the matter, and with recent news, the concerns about the right to life continue to come to the surface again and again. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!
I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it. Today, we take a look at covenants, explored by Mr. Wilcox in Chapter 8 of this title. Read the rest of this entry »
Oliver Thomas wrote an article over at USAToday arguing why “American churches must reject literalism and admit we got it wrong on gay people”. Now, I will argue why we must reject Mr. Thomas’ perspective as he gets quite a few things wrong. I will not quote the entire article; you can read it via the link above. However, I will quote numerous key lines and then respond to them. Read the rest of this entry »