Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Measure of a Healthy Church

One of the significant measures of a healthy church in the New Testament is love for one another.  Many times the apostle Paul commends churches for their love.  To the church at Thessalonica, he writes, “We give thanks to God … Continue reading

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Where is the Love?

In her book, Walking Away from Faith, professor Ruth Tucker identifies five broad categories of reasons for people losing faith.  They are: Scientific and philosophical issues, particularly evolution and naturalism. Biblical perplexities and higher criticism. Disappointment with God regarding personal … Continue reading

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Humility and Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I have previously written about the importance of the labels we give ourselves – and just as critical, the labels we give our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We like to think it is a sign of humility … Continue reading

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Joining the Fight

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (I Jn 3:8).  And I believe Jesus calls us to join Him in this work.  So rather than throwing our hands up with … Continue reading

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Destroying the Works of the Devil

One of the crucial distinctions to make in our understanding of suffering and evil is the difference between the error of calling God the author of evil and the truth that God is in the business of turning evil into … Continue reading

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The Author of Evil

Consider these passages from the New Testament: “And behold, there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all” (Lk 13:11).  After … Continue reading

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The Dark Power

C. S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity, “One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked about a Dark Power in the universe – a mighty evil spirit who was … Continue reading

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The Problem of Evil

Point three in Dr. Ruth Tucker’s categories related to walking away from faith is “disappointment with God regarding personal and widespread suffering.”  This is not surprising as the problem of suffering and evil has challenged our view of God and … Continue reading

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Biblical Perplexities and the New Covenant

Another challenge in the area of biblical perplexities is how we handle the time gap, the language gap, and the culture gap between the New Testament and our present experience.  This is where our theological humility comes into the picture.  … Continue reading

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The Distorted Message

Comedian Ricky Gervais, a professed atheist, famously wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that he is a better Christian than many Christians because he does a better job of keeping the Ten Commandments.  My first response to Mr. Gervais … Continue reading

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Biblical Perplexities

Another of the challenges identified by Dr. Ruth Tucker in her book Walking Away from Faith is biblical perplexities and higher criticism.  For those of us who have grown secure in the reliability of the Scriptures, it can be easy … Continue reading

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