Tag Archive: sin

Sin, suffering, and salvation

Donald Trump is a sorry sinner. Sorry as in, pretty pathetic, though one can hope that he’s sorry as in, I really shouldn’t have done that. Either way, there are a lot of… Continue reading

There’s something wrong with us

For those of no religious persuasion the whole thing about Jesus being a human/divine sacrifice can seem pretty weird. What kind of God would demand such a thing before he’ll “save” anyone? If… Continue reading

Oh, the contrasts

So if you look at all these verses taken together, Jake, what we see, I think, is the necessity for both faith and works. Jake is the man with a question. Karl Keating,… Continue reading

Hold on….heaven awaits

The more the world goes to hell the more I long for heaven. Peace…goodness…love…joy. Everlasting perfect bliss without the slightest hint or danger of violence, deception, immorality, hatred, sadness, suffering or pain. This… Continue reading

5 responses to badness

I’m so bad. I may look pretty good but when I or anyone look close enough, I’m really pretty bad. My selfish self is dreadful and demanding, and ugly. But I nurture and… Continue reading

It’s Greek to me

If there’s one good thing I can say about the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory, it’s that at least it reflects an understanding of the holiness of God and his hatred of sin. But… Continue reading

Escaping evil

Anyone who really cares about me and read my last post might have wondered what I need to escape from. I’ve been wondering that myself each time I sit down at the dining… 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

Is there such a thing as original sin?

I can think of little else more horrifyingly unjust than to send an innocent child, a newborn even, to an everlasting, godless existence in hell. A babe just out of the womb, or… Continue reading

Proper posture at Christmas

We don’t have cable TV and I’m really, really good with that. But I know there are plenty of compelling, entertaining, and inspiring programs we are missing. One thing I’d be interested to… Continue reading

Christian commerce, conscience, and coercion

As I’ve been relaying my struggle to determine the godly decision regarding same-sex weddings at our party center (I’m now on part 3), I’ve imagined some of you thinking, what’s the big deal?… Continue reading

The scandalous cross

This was originally posted last April. 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.… Continue reading

Talk about discrimination…

If a person, business, or state government refuses to do business with or in the state of Indiana solely because of its recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, are they not engaging in… Continue reading

Salvation

We do a “white elephant” gift exchange at our family Christmas party every year. It’s a lot of fun once the stealing starts. No gift you’ve selected is securely yours until everyone has… Continue reading

Peace

If I were to ask you to say the first thing that comes to mind when I say “peace,” it’s unlikely you would respond with “Jerusalem.” Unless it was Opposite Day. The Middle… Continue reading