Why did Jesus come then and not now? –Questions from M

Every year I dreamed of warning the last Russian Tsar of what was to come. In the dream, I would debate what to say to Nicholas II to convince him that Russia was on the edge. The direction had to change. What would convince him? Was there any way to avoid the basement room in [Read More…]

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God the Moral Relativist? –Questions from M

“Did God get saved between the Old Testament and the New Testament?” asked the student. I laughed, but I understood what she meant. God does seem different and not just between the Testaments. His character seems different between the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah! Of course, you can harmonize the picture of God that you find in Exodus [Read More…]

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Follow the Truth, Best You Can– Questions from M

Faith is not believing a thing despite the evidence. [Read more…]

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Confessor

He died as he lived and Father Michael Trigg lived as a confessor. From Oxford through Canterbury on to a small parish in Whittier, this pastor was willing to confess his faith against all kinds of opposition: a confessor. He left me his papers and his massive medical bills show that his confession contributed to his [Read More…]

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Choosing to Believe? –Questions from M

When I was a boy, I was sure of one thing: I hated the very taste of coffee. Part of this may have been that this was the freeze dried Taster’s Choice era of coffee in our house. It was coffee that was hard to love, though really I disliked all coffee. Instead, I became addicted [Read More…]

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Mind and Body -Questions from M

Never reject a religion or philosophy because of a problem that causes a similar problem in the new religion or philosophy you adopt. Imagine this fellow: Goofus: “X has no solution to y! I am leaving X for A!” Gallant: “But A has an equally serious problem that is like y, namely y’.” Goofus: “X is stupid [Read More…]

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Lawyers and Devils- Questions from M

Any time someone associates lawyers and devils, the analogy sort-of-works. I know. Some of my best friends are lawyers. Really. And I am sorry for the lawyer jokes Phil and Leland, but they are as irresistible as a grieving widow to a lawyer. There are whole websites for lawyers jokes, many classics from my childhood: [Read More…]

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Beauty and the Beast: A Response to a Response

Opine and the world opines with you, but attack Beauty and the Beast and you will opine alone. Having taken on the animated classic more than once, I have received some spirited responses, though saying I was shaped like LeFou with the romance of Gaston seemed harsh. Fortunately, an excellent critic has arisen to defend the film and [Read More…]

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On Satan: Questions from M

Satan appears very little in the Hebrew Bible, yet he is all over the New Testament. [Read more…]

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Jesus is Not Headed to the Stars . . . Still- Questions from M

I have never asked the grinning bobcat why he grins, but Disney’s Pocahontas suggested I should. My fear is not so much the question, as the response. Bobcats are not good Socratic discussants. Everyone has questions, but not everyone has the same questions. M* asks: If one witnessed the ascension of Jesus into heaven, what [Read More…]

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