Category Archive: STUMBLING BLOCKS

On suffering, Job, and the goodness of God, Part 2

Please see yesterday’s post for Part 1. I believe God’s removal of his protection and blessing from Job was, among other things, a test to expose and prove the genuineness of his faith… Continue reading

On suffering, Job, and the goodness of God, Part 1

Last week I wrote on the objection to God’s existence based on the reality of pain and suffering and included two excellent videos which answer the objection well. You can watch those here.… Continue reading

The problem of suffering, objectively speaking

“Let’s be objective,” is a recommendation a mediator might make to opposing parties, or a father to a child who feels she’s been wronged. Objectivity is the perspective which allows one to evaluate… Continue reading

The scandalous mercy of God

Raising ten children meant my parents had to be intentional about seeking a balance between meeting the individual needs of each of us kids without appearing to favor any. I’m sure the scales… Continue reading

Atheism’s best argument

How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right…It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who… Continue reading

Paradoxes, possibilities, and a precious privilege

I don’t have a very good memory of my childhood. I’ll be at a family function and my brother who is just one year younger than me and seems to remember everything will… Continue reading

The Easter challenge, Part 2

Yesterday I presented Part 1 of what I believe is a plausible harmonization of the varying Gospel accounts of the events surrounding the resurrection of Jesus. I continue that today with an examination… Continue reading

The Easter challenge

In my last post I addressed the matter of apparent contradictions between the different Gospel accounts and how familiarity with ancient literary devices can resolve them. Today I’m going to apply that all-important… Continue reading

You need to know this before you read the Bible

In my just concluded Barriers series, I addressed, tackled, took on and hopefully (at least for some) took down some of the primary obstacles to embracing the Christian worldview. But there’s one very… Continue reading

The scandalous cross

It’s like wearing a tiny electric chair on a chain. That’s how a pastor at our church once described the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ. He was talking about how something… Continue reading