Archives for 2011

Are You Listening?: A Sermon by Pastor Bob

“Certainly, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and Mary and Joseph all had to look at their lives anew. Any expectations of what life would look like surely changed with a few words from God—with two baby boys who would forever change everything for all of us.” [Read more…]

Joseph to Mary: “Who could believe such a thing?”

A conversation between Mary and Joseph the night before Jesus was born. [Read more…]

The young woman who asked about the Virgin Mary responds to my answer

I just received the below from the young woman who wrote the letter I answered in this morning’s “Why would God degrade Mary as he did?” I asked her if I could share it, and she said okay. [Read more…]

“Why would God degrade Mary as he did?”

[UPDATE: The young woman who wrote the letter below has responded to my answer of it. You can read that response here.] This week I received a letter that read: Hi John! First of all, I’ve been an avid follower of your work for the past few months, so I’m very excited to write my [Read More…]

“UNFAIR: Why the ‘Christian’ View of Gays Doesn’t Work” now available in paperback

This new book o’ mine/ours is now available in paperback. (Sorry if earlier yesterday you saw here a longish post about UNFAIR being on sale that was … well, a raw draft no one was supposed to see. I accidentally hit the PUBLISH instead of the DRAFT button—right before leaving the house to go for [Read More…]

Low self-esteem? Pffft. Who the [bleep] are you?

So at the conclusion of my last post (Good Friends, or Socially Maladjusted Cretins?), I promised to offer a thought or two around the idea that it’s possible to minimize, if not eradicate, the degree to which others can make you feel bad about yourself. (Sorry I didn’t get to that yesterday, which turned out [Read More…]

Good Friends, Or Socially Maladjusted Cretins?

Here’s a letter recently in: Dear John, First of all, your posts on all things Christian has me hooked as a fan; reading them is always enlightening. Which is why I want to share something with you. [Read more…]

Who Are You?: A Sermon by Pastor Bob

“And isn’t that what God wants? For us to be successful? For our identity to be found in such success: family, security, a nice home and rewarding career? Surely God is blessing us for what we do to better our loved ones and ourselves.” [Read more…]

“Please Tell Me This Is A Bad Idea”

Last week a reader sent me this email. Its subject line was “Trying not to hate myself for being gay.” [Read more…]

Another Teen Bullied To Death; Another Reason for a New Christianity

Another kid has been bullied into killing himself. His name is Jacob Rogers. He went to Cheatham County Central High School, in Ashland City, TN. Apparently he’d been being pretty severely bullied for four years. It got so bad that around Thanksgiving he quit going to school. A friend of Jacob’s told reporters, “He started [Read More…]