No Contradictions? Cool, but Not Enough . . . Questions from M

Contradictions are odd. They hardly ever happen in life, because what most of us call contradictions are not really pure contradictions. If I say: “I am English,” and you say, “You are an American” many people might think this is contradiction, but it is not. I can be both English (in heritage) and American (by [Read More…]

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If God did not exist . . . Questions from M.

Each of our children had the day they realized I almost did not marry their mother. Of course, it is was far more likely their mother would not have married me, but given the story of my life, they did not first think of it that way. “Dad! If you had . . . ” [Read More…]

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Questions from M: the Best Argument Against Christianity

At the start of the summer, I got a thoughtful email from a non-Christian named M*. He gave me fifty-five questions and I told him I would respond (briefly) to as many as I could over the summer. M* rightly wishes me to say what I don’t like about my religious beliefs. A person with the capacity to [Read More…]

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Questions from M: The Best Evidence Against Christianity

My faithful dialog partner M* has asked me fifty-five questions and I have decided to answer as many as I could in around five hundred words this summer. He* started with a very good question: 1. What do you think is the strongest evidence against Christianity? One should never believe an idea, or even in a person, [Read More…]

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Family AND Community

Family is and always has been a central part of my life. When George Bailey saw a sign that said: “Ask Dad, he knows.” I understood. I still ask Dad, because he knows. There is not a single class where Mom’s loving determination to know does not motivate my life. Daniel, my brother was, is, and always will [Read More…]

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Thank You to a True Pastor . . .

Let me tell you some good news. Isn’t it time for some? If you have been in the job twenty-five years and are beloved, you often get gifts. Today we celebrated twenty-five years since our own Bishop Basil was elevated. He was in Houston to celebrate a wedding and the wonderful folk at Saint George [Read More…]

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The Seventeenth Century speaks on the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century

I could not stop listening. The instrument, the program said, was a Stradivarius from 1699 and the music was Prokofiev, the man who saw the nineteenth century commit suicide and watched the twentieth century commit genocide. I was there in the twenty-first century listening to the sublime Houston Symphony work with an animated Gil Shaham, a [Read More…]

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Questions from M: Stupid Disciples! Why so stupid?

M is a interlocutor* who found me from Almighty Google and sent me fifty-five good questions. As the summer is here, I have decided to answer all of them I can . . . while holding myself to a few hundred words! Today M outdid himself: Jim Jones got hundreds of people to drink poison [Read More…]

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Questions from M: Miracles are not Just for the Bible!

Every summer I try to do a series based on what I am reading or questions I have received over the school year. A thoughtful maybe-deist, maybe-agnostic that I call M* decided to ask me a few questions . . . and a few turned out to be fifty-five. Some of them were interesting enough [Read More…]

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Questions from M: Jesus Sat Here. What the Heck?

If God is spirit, then how does Jesus sit at God’s “right hand.” God doesn’t have a hand or a right side! [Read more…]

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