If you’re not familiar with Aikido, it’s a style of martial arts that uses an opponent’s energy against them to redirect their kinetic force to turn it back upon them. Or, as the Wikipedia entry explains: Aikido’s techniques include irimi (entering), and tenkan (turning) movements that redirect the opponent’s attack momentum. The man who invented this style of martial arts created for one purpose: “to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury”. This is exactly what… Read more

“When [LGBTQ-affirming Christians] tell me that I am wrong for saying that [homosexuality] is a sin, in the simplicity of my faith in the Holy Scriptures, I point him to this sacred record [the Bible], and tell him, in all candor, as my text does, that his teaching blasphemes the name of God and His doctrine. “The tree of [affirming homosexuality and transgenderism] is evil and only evil…[it] is nourished by an utter rejection of the Scriptures.” – Rev. Henry Van… Read more

What do we mean when we say that something is “inspired”?   For example, if I hear a song on the radio and I respond by saying that it was “inspired” what I mean is that I believe the song had a spiritual quality to it that enabled the God of the Universe to reveal something of truth or beauty [or both] to me through the words and melody of the song. It’s the same for me if I view… Read more

As I have tried to point out several times, there is a huge difference between being “Biblical” and being “Christlike”. If we cling to the Bible and advocate for a more Biblical worldview, this leaves us open to a host of “Biblical” ideas like slavery, patriarchy, genocide, polygamy and abortion. Yes, even abortion is a Biblical principle. Here are two examples of how the Bible allows for – and often even commands –  abortions: First, in Numbers 5:11-31 there is… Read more

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” That’s probably the most commonly-quoted verse from the New Testament whenever anyone questions the accuracy or truthfulness of what we read in the Bible. It’s found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 [an epistle which many Bible scholars admit was most-likely not actually written by the Apostle… Read more

Over the weekend I spoke at a conference in Seattle, Washington area that focused on “Jesus, the Bible and the Holy Spirit” and during an informal discussion on our final morning together, one of the participants asked a question about the Holy Spirit. His question was about how we engage with the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit leads and interacts with us in both an individual and a corporate sense. Here’s my response: First of all, I would say… Read more

Over the weekend I spend 3 days debating “Jesus, the Bible and the Holy Spirit” with a few dozen other people in the forest outside of Seattle, Washington. Several of the other speakers at this conference maintained that the Bible was the only possible way for anyone to know who Jesus is. Why? Because, as one of them put it: “Everything I know about Jesus came from the Bible. I’ve never heard God’s audible voice. I can’t have a seance… Read more

When the President of the United States, under the leadership of his Dispensationalist Christian Vice President and his End Times Obsessed Secretary of State, declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel and invites one notoriously Christian Zionist Televangelist and one infamously anti-Jewish Christian Pastor to speak at the dedication ceremony for the new US Embassy in that city, you might be wise to ask a few questions. Like, why is the guy who said Jewish people were going to burn in… Read more

  When American Televangelists like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress stand in Jerusalem and proclaim that Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled, it’s important to realize that there is no such Biblical prophecy being fulfilled. None. Every Old Testament prophecy about Israel returning to the land was fulfilled. The final prophecy about the fate of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem was spoken by Jesus and fulfilled in AD 70. There were no prophecies made after that time about any restoration… Read more

Personally, I don’t really like focusing too much on sin. Not because I deny that people struggle with sin, but because I think our focus should be on Jesus – the solution for our sin – rather than on the problem. However, someone asked me recently about sin and started suggesting that some sins are worse than others. Ultimately, the conversation turned to the question: “What is the greatest sin of all?” For some, the greatest sin is homosexuality or… Read more

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