Young-Earth Creationism vs. the Plain Meaning of the Creation Stories

Having recently addressed a number of points of incompatibility between young-earth creationism and Christianity as most Christians understand it and have understood it down the ages, I was asked if I could address the common young-earth creationist objection that  “No one simply reading what the words clearly say would EVER suppose God/Moses were describing a development [Read More…]

Is the Young-Earth Creationist Idea of God Compatible with Christianity?

Since today was the first day after Spring Break, I decided to devote much of my class on the Bible to an activity that didn’t require one to have done the assigned reading (I’m a realist). And so, given the plan of a campus ministry to bring someone from Answers in Genesis to campus, I [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (W. H. Vanstone)

“The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.” –Often attributed to John Shelby Spong, but originally from William H. Vanstone. Via the Patheos Progressive Christian Portal on Facebook.   [Read more…]

The Bells of Saint John

The end of this month Doctor Who will return and the title of that first new episode will be “The Bells of Saint John.” Regular readers will know that this is a blog which regularly focuses on religion and Doctor Who. But it is also a blog where Johns who might be prefixed by “Saint” [Read More…]

Like and Share if Jesus is in your Lungs

Someone shared the post below on Facebook. It is a real Facebook post, but the account itself may be set up by an atheist to poke fun at Christians. Be that as it may, the fact that it has become impossible to tell the difference between genuine ignorance among Christians, and atheist parodies of Christians [Read More…]

U2charist

On the Friday before Spring break, my class on the Bible covered the Psalms, and so the U2 song “40” got a mention. I was apparently the only one there who had ever sung the song in church. I hope that at some point my church may hold a U2charist service. (Yes, that really is [Read More…]

Dalegg will Easterminate

I am sharing this now so that Whovians who wish to do so can get their supplies ready for making these Dalek-style Doctor Who Easter eggs. [Read more…]

Christian Faith is not Belief, nor Certainty

A young Christian wrote an e-mail expressing concern about doubt. I thought I would share what I wrote to them, in case it is helpful to others: I wonder whether you may not have understood the “faith” referred to in the New Testament primarily in terms of holding the right beliefs. If you consider Paul’s [Read More…]

House of Mirrors

I hope you’ll forgive my sharing this again. I made a slight adjustment to the recording at one point, and also noticed that when I shared the song previously, the formatting on the lyrics was messed up. So here it is again – a demo version of my song “House of Mirrors”! Lyrics: House of [Read More…]

House of Mirrors

Here's a demo version the latest song I've been working on. It should be considered a rough draft, but I'd appreciate feedback on the lyrics, the theology, and the music. The “guitar solo” should be treated as a placeholder – in fact, it should be described as a “'guitar' solo” since no actual guitars feature [Read More…]