Category Archive: STUMBLING BLOCKS

On the fairness and fire-ness of hell

“What are you in for?” The convicted serial burglar crossed his tattooed arms behind his head as he lay back on his bunk and examined his new roommate. He always thought it best… Continue reading

If God exists, Dorian doesn’t

If God exists, Dorian doesn’t. Period. It’s that simple to many atheists and others skeptical of the notion that an all-loving, all-powerful God would permit great suffering. With each new natural disaster or… Continue reading

Why hell will be hellish

Will there be love in hell? I tend to think not. If hell is eternal separation from God, and God is love, then it seems to follow that hell is a place without… Continue reading

Thank God for this pain?

“God…you’re so good. You’re so good to me. You’ve never failed me yet.” Sometimes when I’m joining my voice to others’ in worship, as I did yesterday at church singing these words, I… Continue reading

Don’t believe everything you see

If there is a God who created us, how would you expect him to reveal himself? Since sight is one of, if not the primary way we humans take in information, we naturally… Continue reading

More moral than God?

I’m not a collector…no coins, stamps, clown figurines. Sometimes I’ve thought it might be fun to have a collection of something, and then I think about having to dust it all. Well, I’ve… Continue reading

Who is/are the chosen?

Some recent headlines as I continue my exploration of the doctrine of election: Poll: Jewish Israelis Love Trump Notes from Jerusalem: Everyone is in love with Donald Trump A pro soccer team in… Continue reading

An objection to Calvinism remains unanswered

I am not and never have been of the Calvinist persuasion. But since my understanding of the view is limited and the pool of wise and respected Calvinists impressive, persuasion is not and… Continue reading

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