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The Peaceful Pond

"I've got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.I've got a river of life flowing out of me!" A song many of us remember from childhood Sunday School classes speaks much deeper to me today.  But few of us (at least I didn't), know the second verse: ...more

My Son "Swore" at School: What Makes a Word a Swear Word?

On Friday, I received a voicemail and an email that H ”was drawing a red thing with horns and then was telling another student that it was hell.” He was sent to the planning room at school and because the planning room para wasn’t available, he had to meet with the dean of students about saying “hell.” He had to fill out a planning sheet which included what his poor choice was {saying hell} and how it made others feel {sad, bad} and what he will do in the future {not say hell}....more
dude hell is not a swear word its a slang word lots of others say itmore

Do You Read Scripture Like a Pharisee of Like Jesus?

Way back in college, I took a class on the history of religion in America. One day during a discussion about some Christian evangelist, one of the other students offered this criticism of the man’s work: “it’s like he’s actually trying to be like Jesus.” I sat there a bit bug-eyed. Can you imagine – a Christian who was actually trying to be like Jesus? Whatever could that evangelist have been thinking?...more

It's the Prime Directive or Why God Allows Evil

Yesterday, I saw a blog post by an atheist asking, "If I had the power to save everyone at the theater in Colorado because I was all-powerful and all-knowing, and I didn't do it, wouldn't I be evil?" The old theodicy question - how do we explain a world of evil if God is all loving? It's a legitimate question. And one that we have a hard time answering well. So, I was thinking about that atheists' question last night while laying in bed....more
(As a christian); I have a nagging question...I understand why and how humans suffer, but I ...more

What Is Salvation Anyhow?

Does salvation really mean going to heaven rather than hell after you die? A lot of Christians believe that. But one of the first things I noticed when I started reading scripture many years ago was that this notion is almost completely absent from the bible. As widely accepted as “salvation means being saved from hell” is, one would expect that there would be a verse – probably a lot of verses – that actually said that. But there’s not even one!...more

What Sin Is. And Is Not.

You say you're a good person, well have you ever told a lie before? Have you lied even one time? Have you ever stolen something? Jesus said lust is like adultery- have you ever looked at another person with lust? Jesus said anger is like murder- have you ever been unreasonably angry with someone? Maybe once or twice? Ahh, see, you are a sinner, deserving of God's judgment. Hold up. That is not what sin is....more

What Are You Chasing?


“In a future day there may be ways, butI must say the skieshave never looked so clear!”--Relient K...more

Baruch Atah Adonai

[At the risk of going melodramatic, if you’d like to know the inexpressible feelings of my soul while I was writing this, listen to this song as you read.]Thursday morning Abraham and Isaac – their trip of old, the sacrifice, the ram – were the last thing on my mind. The first thing on my mind was the 17 hour flight to the Philippines and how it was a mere four days away. On my way to CROSS training yesterday someone caught me in the hallway and asked to meet with me at 10:25 AM....more