The data didn’t make sense. The American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group researchers looked at the results from 1,000 cellphone interviews asking people about their engagement with Scripture. The numbers seemed to show more people were reading the Bible—a lot more. But nothing else had dramatically changed. There were not more people praying, orContinue reading “Their Not Asking; Their Listening”
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The Church Must Do Better
I grew up in the church. Some of my favorite memories come from the time I spent there — Sunday school, AWANA, VBS, youth group, and fellowship meals. For hours we would play hide-and-seek, run up and down hallways, and occasionally sneak a peak at the baptismal pool hidden under the front stage. I wasContinue reading “The Church Must Do Better”
The God Particle
The reaction among some atheists to the recent, remarkable empirical confirmation by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the existence of the Higgs boson (AKA “the God particle”) is bewildering. The fact that nonscientists would take this as a disproof of God or as another victory in the warfare between scienceContinue reading “The God Particle”
Quick Economics Lessons for Christians
The Term: The Economy (aka Gross Domestic Product) What It Means: Humans have seemingly unlimited wants and needs—but a limited number of resources. This is known as scarcity, and it’s the fundamental problem in economics. The primary way we solve this problem is through market exchanges or transactions: you make something I want or need,Continue reading “Quick Economics Lessons for Christians”
I Am Politically Ambivalent
Many Christians today are struggling with the question of whether, or to what extent, they should get involved in the messy world of American politics. This is a dilemma we feel most acutely whenever election season rolls around—and especially when the choices on offer appear far from ideal. A new book, Compassion (&) Conviction: The ANDContinue reading “I Am Politically Ambivalent”
The Power of a Quiet, Steady Ministry
Many Christian heroes made a difference to the world by travelling it; Charles Simeon made a difference by staying in the same place ministering for fifty-four years. Simeon was born in 1759 to a wealthy, upper-class family in the south-east of England who had only a superficial Christian faith. Educated at Eton and King’s College,Continue reading “The Power of a Quiet, Steady Ministry”
Do Christians Pick And Choose Which Rules They Want To Follow?
Christians, it seems, are concerned about right and wrong. What are they supposed to be do? How should they live? What should they do to please God? One of the most common criticisms I’ve heard from non-believers is that Christians are overbearing with their rules and seem to want to impose their rules on everyoneContinue reading “Do Christians Pick And Choose Which Rules They Want To Follow?”
Can You Hear Me Yet?
Prayer has always been the way God has chosen to show himself strong on behalf of those who called upon him. If prayer is that powerful and has that kind of value, then the practice and habit of prayer ought to set a whole new direction for each of us. The brief expositions that followContinue reading “Can You Hear Me Yet?”
Can We Know Anything for Sure?
Many today fail to see the importance of grounding their reasoning process in reality in spite of the fact that whatever is not based on reality is un-reality, in other words, unreal. The slippery slope of subjectivism and relativism is the result of such “reasoning” manufactured in the imaginations of the mind rather than inContinue reading “Can We Know Anything for Sure?”
One Impact of Artificial Intelligence No One Accounted For
One of Yuval Harari’s contentions is that many people researching into AI do not concern themselves with consciousness for the simple reason that their AI systems are allowing them to create intelligence (simulated) that is not conscious – and that is sufficient for their purposes. It is easy to get some idea of what thisContinue reading “One Impact of Artificial Intelligence No One Accounted For”