Examining the differences between Pantheism, Panentheism, and whether or not they are the same as God’s Omnipresence.
Some useful tips to use in order to help prepare yourself for discussions regarding your faith in God, Jesus, and Christianity
When it comes to you being a Christian, we know that there will be no escape from criticism and mockery. But what I cannot help but notice is that no matter what side of the spectrum you fall, in your church or in your Christian walk, the world still finds a way to label you, “evil.” Take these for example:
Some say that Christians should be known more for what they stand for, than what they stand against. But really, the two go hand in hand.
A story about what I have learned about God the Father through fatherhood and watching my daughter stumble.
Within the family, as the lines between the two genders of male and female are blurred more and more, we have long begun to experience the consequences that we are running towards as a society.
In his book on Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney covers ten disciplines that we should try to perform and live out in our day to day lives. These practices help us draw near to, know more, and grow in our relationship with God.
In his book on idol worship, Timothy Keller explains how the human heart is an idol factory that mass-produces idols.1 Additionally, the central principle taught throughout the entire Bible is the rejection of idolatry2 especially since, as Martin Luther taught, if you obey the first two commandments you will naturally obey the rest.
In an article by Jonathan Dudley that was posted on CNN, a point was made about two arguments the apostle Paul puts forth where his reasoning is based on nature; one on hair length and the other on homosexuality.
In an article by Jonathan Dudley that was posted on CNN, a point was made concerning divorce among Christian couples which implied that while we preach fiery sermons about what we take to be the really bad sins like homosexuality, alcoholism and adultery, we pay little attention to the many verses that talk about marriage, divorce and remarriage.
In an article by Jonathan Dudley that was posted on CNN, a point was made concerning marriage and family that pointed to the fact that some of the Christian Church Fathers had views that differ from mainstream Christianity today.
In an article by Jonathan Dudley that was posted on CNN, an argument was presented concerning abortion that pointed to the fact that some of the Christian Church Fathers such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas had views that differ from mainstream Christianity today.
Turn on the news and you won’t have to wait long to see that there appears to be a constant battle in the public and private squares over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex-marriage. Recently, from the far side of the battlefield we have heard a new and nearly desperate cry which asks, “the Bible condemns a lot of things, so why focus on homosexuality?” The reason is both simple and complex; kind but firm; smooth but abrasive.
In many of the debates that I have watched, listened to or personally attended between adherents of Christianity and atheism, the topic of morality tends to come up often as it is a rather intriguing one for both sides. For the Christian, our morals are founded on God as they are a reflection of his nature. However, for the atheists who do not agree with Nietzche, a common explanation goes something like: “Over the ages we have developed morals, and a sense of right and wrong as a mental effort to ensure our survival as a species.” In other words, morals are a cognitive evolution.
A story about what I have learned about God the Father through fatherhood and watching my daughter be born.
A brief review of Donald Miller’s book, ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years’
The battle between Roman Catholics and Protestants on their view of Justification is still as hot and controversial as ever. While many who are both inside and outside the church see the two as part of the same family, those who are more in the know are aware of the fact that each sees the other as the confused brother who misunderstood the Father.
I would have to say that the idea of experiencing God, feeling his presence *and having those *‘;awe’ inspiring magical moments is something that I have struggled with my entire life because I don’t really have them. Of course I get to hear many other people’s stories about how they had these awesome events which changed their life forever; how they saw this, heard that, felt this and did that. In all openness, the lack of such things in my life has brought upon more doubt in my life than anything else. No scientific discovery, no crazy atheist, no other faith or sophisticated argument has done more damage than the lack of these moments in my life.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Cor. 13:7-8a)