The Prophets of Our Time

We had an interesting discussion of prophecy in my Sunday school class recently, as we continued working our way through 1 Corinthians. I’ve often heard people suggest that preachers are the closest equivalent today to ancient Israel’s prophets. I’ve often viewed that as a problematic stance, since it seems designed to add to the authority of [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Dead is Dead

The episode begins with Charles Widmore as a younger man complaining that Richard had brought one of the Dharma Initiative people there. Richard says that Jacob wanted it, and the island chooses whom it chooses. Charles then introduces himself to young Ben. Ben says he doesn’t wantto go back, but wants to stay and become [Read More...]

Prophetic Blizzard

I had students reading some of the Hebrew prophets recently. I pointed out to them that they never threaten people with punishment in an afterlife. Instead it is always judgment within history. Plagues, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and so on. Do you know what else the Israelite prophets never threaten their nations with? Blizzards. Freak snowstorms. That is worth [Read More...]


Jim Linville shared the above cartoon on Facebook. There have been lots of variations on it. All of them either play into, or poke fun at, the very common idea that God is like human beings, essentially supporting one team and holding a grudge against others. That way of depicting God ought to be regarded [Read More...]

Judgment and Judgmentalism

Some seem to think that the basis for their judgment before God will be whether they were as judgmental towards others as they think God also is.   [Read more...]

Basis for Judgment

I wrote this in a comment in a discussion group on Facebook, and thought it might be worth sharing beyond that context. Choosing to believe that the Biblical texts are inerrant truth, all written by whom they claim to be, and even that God is really their author, and then treating any evidence to the [Read More...]

Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the [Read More...]

Pre-Emptive Judgment

M. J. Shepherd posted this cartoon, in response to something Pat Robertson said about DOMA, Prop 8, and Sodom and Gomorrah. It is important to always remember that not everyone, even among conservative Christians, thinks like Pat Robertson. Take a look, for instance, at Jeremy Smith’s post on the “laws of God,” and Todd Mangum’s [Read More...]

Sheep and Goats

Today in my Sunday school class we took a detour from Hebrews. Last time we had reached the phrase “eternal judgment” and the question came up of whom the author of the letter envisaged being judged, and on what basis. And so I suggested that taking a look at the parable of the sheep and [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:18-2:16

“God’s anger is being poured out from heaven on all the godlessness and injustice of those people who, in their wickedness, suppress the truth. Because that which can be known about God is known to them – God has made it known! From the creation of the cosmos, God’s invisible aspects (God’s everlasting power and divinity) [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. Sodom and Gomorrah

In the Biblical story about Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities even if just a certain minimum number of righteous people are found in it. Eventually he bargains God down to ten. The story then unfolds that, although there aren’t that many righteous people to be found in the city, [Read More...]