To many, how can a God who is perfectly loving, merciful, gracious and good, send people to an utterly despicable destination?
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
Desmond Tutu writes in the foreword, “It is possible to have a new kind of world, a world where there will be more compassion, more gentleness, more caring, more laughter, more joy for all of God’s creation, because that is God’s dream. And God says, ‘Help me, help me, help me realize my dream.'”
As I was driving home the other day from teaching, the radio played George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” In my mind, I found an eerie resemblance between this Hindu mantra and many worship songs sung in churches such as…
Why ordination? This question might be on the minds of many evangelicals whenever they hear of someone (like myself) being ordained to be a minister or pastor of a church. In this age of anti-intellectualism and anti-authority coupled with a low view of Scripture, creeds, church, and ministers, ordination is looked upon as unusual, unnecessary, and maybe even Roman Catholic.
Since the Expelled movie is generating quite an interest in the Christian world, I started a poll on evolution vs creation in my blog. Click on the “Yes”, “No”, “Maybe”, or “Needs Clarification” button, then click “Vote” in the right sidebar.
No, this is not a post about Dr. Michael Horton’s theological mind. Instead, I’m delving into the movie “Horton Hears a Who,” an adaptation of Theodor Geisel’s (better known as Dr. Seuss) 1954 book with the same title.
“It has been said that the traditional Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven… The service “draws you in bodily by appealing to the physical senses, but it also provokes and draws in the soul.” says one worshiper. And he “feels closer to God when he smells the burning incense, hears the bells intone, and sees the symphony of symbolic gestures and movements among the congregants.”
It’s the beginning of a new year again, and with it, are a couple of contrasting prophecies. I think of Pat Robertson’s annual false prophecy bash â€“ remember his January 2007 prediction of a huge terrorist attack on the U.
â€œImagine a Thanksgiving Day without Pilgrims. No turkey, no cranberries, no happy celebrations with family and friends crammed around the extended dining-room table. Picture this instead: a solemn day of fasting, meditation and introspection, followed by a light meal of roasted oysters or Virginia ham.â€
Jeremiah 29:11 then is not a promise to the man on the street that God loves him, that God has â€œa wonderful planâ€ for his life, and that â€œGod hates his sin, but loves him the sinner.â€
I’m re-posting this article I wrote back in May 2007. In view of the May 14 midterm elections in the Philippines, and of the current presidential campaign in the United States, I have been pondering the age-old question of how