“Meet a Muslim” Events Held Last Saturday

Last Saturday, public events called "Meet a Muslim" were held in 25 states in the U.S. and Washington, D.C., to inform Americans of "the true nature of Islam." Here where I live, in metro-Phoenix, Arizona, one such informal, outdoor event was conducted in Tempe near the Arizona State University's main campus. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported the next day that one of the young Muslim men participating in the affair, 23-year old Soleman Haque, said, "I'm really hoping to break the … [Read more...]

Millenials Are Quitting Church Because It’s Too Parochial

That's not the only reason, but it's an important one. After decades of increasing church attendance in the U.S., the Barna Group and Pew Research Center claim from their surveys that church attendance in the U.S. is in decline during this century. It's been going on for several decades in the Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant church denominations. But now it is happening in non-mainline churches, although it is not happening yet in Pentecostal church denominations.Why this … [Read more...]

What a Pity: No More Christian Bookstores

Christian bookstores were an important part of my Christian growth. I used to love to scour the books on the shelves in Christian bookstores. And I often struck up a relationship with store owners or employees. Sure, I shopped at secular bookstores, too. But I bought most of my theological books at Christian bookstores. It was an education that I got in no other place--thumbing through books that presented varying theological positions. I didn't get that in my church. It proclaimed a certain … [Read more...]

Did Enoch and Elijah Escape Death and Go to Heaven?

Ancient rabbinical writings contain statements about spiritual heroes, such as Moses, who are said to have gone to heaven and either remained there or returned, usually to reveal heavenly secrets or mysteries to earthlings. But Proverbs 30.4 states, "Who has ascended to heaven and come down?" insinuating that the answer is "no one." Later, Jesus reportedly said, "No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man" (John 3.13), speaking of himself.Then, … [Read more...]