Yeah, I know everyone pretty much glosses over the “Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah" stuff and so on. And why not, right? I mean, it’s pretty much like reading through an Old Testament phone book. BUT, when it comes to Jesus’s lineage, there’s actually a really awesome story in there. … Continue reading (Reprised) Jesus’s Lineage – My FAVORITE Christmas Story. For real.
For a brief period three years ago, almost to the day, I was homeless. (By brief, I mean “two hours.”) Voluntarily. This post is about what I learned – and who I met – when I decided to dress “homeless” and stand on a street corner in Baltimore panhandling for change. The Backstory: Coming out … Continue reading My Afternoon as a Homeless Man
In my prior post, I showed the inconsistencies in the notion that all life evolved from one single point, notably out of the sea. For the sake of argument, let's assume that it happened as the scientific explanation claims. As time passes, things get bigger, and eventually we end up with dinosaurs. That is, until … Continue reading The Atheists’ Faith, Part 4 (of 4)
In my prior post, I explained the unlikeliness (impossibility?) of simple, organic atoms randomly combining to get living DNA, and then the even more unlikelier leap to single-cell organisms. This week, the cells have to become lots of things. Assuming that our young Earth is filled with all different types of self-reproducing cells, and that … Continue reading The Atheists’ Faith, Part 3 (of 4)
In my last post, I showed how the scientific community has to break their own rules to get the Big Bang theory to work. So now, fast-forward a few billion years as the Universal “dust” from the Big Bang starts to coalesce into stars and planets and other debris, and we have balls of rock … Continue reading The Atheists’ Faith, Part 2 (of 4)
“I believe in facts, science, and reason.” I used to hear that a lot growing up, especially in college, whenever I would talk about religion. As if people who believed in religion couldn't also be logical. Sidebar: My undergrad degree was in philosophy, and analytical logic was one of my concentrations. But still, it seems … Continue reading The Atheists’ Faith, Part 1 (of 4)
With the recent uproar over Alabama’s new laws restricting abortion, it seems like time to weigh in on the subject. Sidebar: The Alabama laws were intended to be challenges to Roe v. Wade. For a good analysis on the real-life implications of that, see Prof. Ken Homa’s analysis. The Church has been consistently against the … Continue reading On Abortion
Jesus's resurrection is God's stamp of approval that Jesus's work to bring us back to God is complete and acceptable. Enjoy it. Close your computer, put down your phone, and spend some time being present with the people you love... and who love you.
Today is “Good” Friday, the day we recognize Jesus’s death on the cross. Growing up, I never understood what was so “good” about it. It seemed to me the death of our Lord and Savior would be a “bad” thing, right? Setting aside why it was happening, any day that begins with scourging and ends … Continue reading One Last Request
For most of my life, I resented Barabbas. Sidebar: Pretty much every Christian knows the story around Jesus’s crucifixion. In a sham trial, Jesus was “convicted” of blasphemy. According to custom, the local Roman ruler could have let him go. Instead, the ruler feared a(nother) rebellion as the Jewish leaders provoked a crowd to demand … Continue reading My Own Reconciliation with Barabbas