A lot of people today think that science has answered most all of our questions and religious answers don’t need to be taken seriously. And this is kind of unavoidable. We live in an age of science. We live in an age of reason and evidence. It’s sometimes hard to see the place of faith. … Continue reading Faith and Evidence
One of the easiest ways that I think we can go against the relaxation/entertainment obsession of our culture is by reading. In an age of smart phones and social media, we don’t read books as much as we used to. Many people find it hard to sit down and focus and read a book. Even … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran’s Summer Reading List
When I spent time serving as a camp counselor, I remember getting several versions of this question: how do we know that the text of our Bibles are right? And it’s a sensible question. After all, we’re talking about writings that were written thousands and thousands of years ago in ancient languages. How could we … Continue reading How Do We Know the Text of Our Bibles is Right?
I’ve had a few of N. T. Wright’s books sitting on my to-read shelf for a while and this is the first one that I’ve actually gotten around to reading. I have to say that I went into this book with fairly high expectations and this book more than exceeded those expectations. It’s been an … Continue reading Book Review: “Surprised by Hope”
At one point I was watching a recording of a debate between an atheist and a Christian on the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian debater had what seemed to me a very strange argument. It went something like this: First he tried to prove that the “supernatural” is a thing by pointing to documented cases … Continue reading There is No Supernatural
It’s not uncommon to see it in sanctuaries, outside churches, or in classrooms at Christian schools. It’s so common place that it’s easy to just look past it as something harmless or even meaningless, but I think the Christian flag symbolically reflects a lot of the common misunderstandings people have about what it means to … Continue reading The Christian Flag is Garbage
It’s not uncommon for people who are new to Christianity to be bewildered and overwhelmed by the countless denominations and churches out there. Furthermore, to many outside the faith the existence of so many conflicting groups seems to throw into doubt Christianity as a whole. After all, no sensible God would allow this kind of … Continue reading What’s Up With All These Denominations?
The word “faith” is central in Christianity. After all, we have “faith communities,” we’re “people of faith,” and it’s “faith in Jesus” that saves, right? However, I believe that while we keep using this word and it’s an important word in the New Testament, there is a big disconnect with what this word actually means. … Continue reading 3 Ways We Abuse the Word Faith
How many times do we as Christians talk about “going to heaven when we die”? That’s the hope, right? When we die, we get to go to heaven and be with Jesus. We leave this earthly world forever and spend eternity with God in heaven. In other words, I am but a stranger here, heaven … Continue reading The Most Ignored Article of the Faith