John 1:6-15: Read It and Weep

Hi, guys. Today I’m looking at John 1:6-15. Here we go: There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. [For those of you who might not know, The Gospel According to John was written by John when he was an old man looking back at the time when, as a much [Read More…]

John 1:5: The Archer’s Grief

Today we’re considering John 1:5, which reads: “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” I think this deceptively simple sentence is way too easy to skip over. People usually do nothing with it beyond equating “darkness” with those who refuse Christ, who reject his divinity, who are either too [Read More…]

The Bible’s Two Big Problems

The two biggest challenges the Bible brings to anyone caring to take it seriously are no mystery: the Good Book is extraordinarily (if not, let’s face it, miraculously) complex, and so vague that one or more of its passages can be used as “proof” for  just about any imaginable assertion. I could claim that Bozo [Read More…]

The mystery of the Holy Trinity explained in four sentences: a look at John 1:1-4

Theologians and Christian philosophers have long puzzled over the exact nature of the Holy Trinity. They needn’t have to–and you don’t either. [Read more…]

Christian: Don’t Too Readily Dismiss the Rational Atheist

What might Christians learn from atheists? [Read more…]

Rationalists/Atheists: Don’t Too Readily Dismiss the Believer

It’s certainly no challenge for a rationalist/atheist to dismiss out of hand those who believe in God. The Christian, scoffs the rationalist, is weak-willed: superstitious, deaf to logic, incapable of independent thought, intellectually and even morally lazy. Okay. We believers can take that sort of criticism. We can (or certainly should) even acknowledge the ways [Read More…]

From Station WGOD: Love, Love Me Do

Yesterday a reader wrote to ask, “John, would you comment on something I heard last night at church — that is, on the very real possibility that God uses people to deliver messages? The idea is that the delivery is usually made by someone who has no clue what the message means, to someone who is desperate [Read More…]

To Sex and Power, Add Constancy

I believe the most consistantly compelling motivation, the most determining factor in the human experience, is the fear of death. The core, most primary thing we know about being alive is that somewhere along the line we won’t be anymore. Everything we are, do, think and feel is necessarily founded upon and grounded within the terrible, brutal fact that we [Read More…]

Certainty in Christ: A Blessing–And A Curse

How can being absolutely certain of Christ’s reality and sovereignty be a curse? Because the one thing that will unfailingly close your mind to the great spontaneous freedom of life—the one thing, in other words, sure to kill the vibrant, open-ended vitality of the Holy Spirit—is being confident that you know and understand everything. And [Read More…]

My Point: Reject EVERYTHING, So God Can Arrive

Yesterday I posted a piece called Unhappy? Reject Your Parents. As I understood beforehand would happen, a lot of people assumed I’d written that piece as a sort of knee-jerk, negative response to my father’s recent visit, about which, in Connecting Flights, I’d written the day before. As I also anticipated would happen, a lot of Christians immediately [Read More…]