Epilogue – What Brett Learned About Christmas

What Brett Learned About Christmas

book-thumbI just added an Epilogue to my ebook The twelve Days of Christmas. I wish I had put it in earlier. The book is about a man who decides to take a trip in an attempt to escape some bad memories associated with Christmas. Instead, he meets a young hitchhiker who helps him discover what Christmas is all about.

In the Epilogue I go into detail about the true meaning of Christmas.  If you haven’t read my book, I hope you will. If you have read the book, or if you just aren’t sure what Christmas is really all about, here is the Epilogue:

Brett Riley, with the help of Grace, learned the true meaning of Christmas. You may think that’s about being generous or helping others in need. This is certainly something that we do in the spirit of Christmas, but it’s not the true meaning of Christmas. If you’d like to learn what Christmas is all about, read on. Read more…

Chicken, Intolerance, and a Costly Cup of Free Water

Record numbers "eat mor chikin" in support of Chick-fil-A on August 1, 2012

I’m sure you’re well aware of the firestorm surrounding Dan Cathy and his company Chick-fil-A. Wherever you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, there are a couple of things that are clear from all of this. First, most liberals (at least the most vocal ones) don’t have a clue what the word tolerance means. Second, one’s words and actions have consequences.

Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, made some personal comments in a Christan magazine indicating his support for traditional marriage.  This should not be a shock to most people. He is a bible-believing Christian who runs his company according to his Christian beliefs and values. You can’t get a Chick-fil-A sandwich on Sunday.  Dan Cathy, following in his dad’s footsteps (Truett Cathy) makes sure all stores are closed on Sundays to honor that day of rest and to make it easier for his employees to attend church.  Less obvious to most is the Chick-fil-A corporate purpose statement which is: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

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Are you ready for the rapture?

I’m hearing reports that the rapture is taking place on Saturday. This is quite shocking!  I haven’t made any arrangements. I haven’t stopped my mail. I haven’t started on my bucket list.  I’m not even sure what my bucket list is.

In Christian circles there are a few interpretations related to the rapture. Some think it will occur before the tribulation, which is that terrible time of suffering right before Jesus comes back to kick tail and take names. Read more…

The Problem of Evil? Not My Problem.

A common tactic for atheists who are debating Christians is to throw out the problem of evil. If God is all good, then why doesn’t he prevent evil from occurring. Either he’s not all powerful because he can’t prevent evil, or he’s not perfectly good because he allows evil and created it in the first place.

But, the problem of evil is actually not a problem for the Christian, it’s a problem for atheists. You see, the Christian worldview explains evil. God created us as free creatures. Since we all have a free will, then we can freely commit wrongs against one another and against the God who created us. God didn’t create evil. Evil is not a thing in itself, just like dark is not a thing.  Evil is the absence of good, just like a dark is the absence of light. Read more…

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The Shroud of Turin. Do you believe?

The Shroud of Turin is one of those wonderful mysteries that God seems to dangle in front of us as a way to test our faith. The fact that science cannot explain how the image was formed is fascinating.  Of course, just because science is unable to explain something doesn’t mean we should jump to a religious conclusion.  You have to follow the evidence where it leads. There are some that say the Shroud is a fraud, and they point to the Carbon 14 dating completed in 1988 as the definitive proof of that. But, they’re probably not aware of recent evidence that seriously questions the validity of that carbon dating, and which was corroborated by a scientist from the team that originally studied the Shroud. Read more…

When it Really is a Woman’s Choice

Sister Margaret McBride

I heard a story the other day about a nun at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix who was recently excommunicated from the Catholic Church because she chose to approve an abortion. Normally I’m grateful for the Catholic Church’s strong stance on the sanctity of life, but I think they got it wrong here.

The mother, who came in to the hospital 11 weeks pregnant and very ill, was suffering from a heart condition that the doctors said would kill her if the pregnancy was not terminated. To top it off, in this case, with the unborn only at 11 weeks, if the mother had died, the baby would have as well. Read more…

The Incredible, Explainable Universe

My wife says I’m one of the few people that can sit down and enjoy reading a book about physics, cosmology, or biology.  I find it fascinating. I also like to watch TV shows about those topics. Okay, I’m a geek, but I also like that stuff because it makes it clearly evident that the hand of God is all over creation…  that is, if you don’t go into it with blinders on.

Scientists marvel about certain biological structures, and how they have the “appearance” of design, but most would never actually accept that they are designed. They will admit that DNA is a programming language that controls how every form of life is built, but won’t mention that whenever we see functional information there is always an intelligence behind it. They reject the notion that our universe could have been created, and instead come up with ever increasingly bizarre explanations for how it began. Read more…

God’s Sovereignty and Free Will – Part 2

In part one of this article I explained some of the differences between Calvinism and Arminianisim, and why my theology leans much more in the direction of the latter.

One of the things that I stressed was that faith and works are always opposed by Paul.  To have faith is not a work. It is the grateful acceptance of the grace that God grants us through the death of His son. But, some will point out Ephesians 2:8, which seems to state that even faith is a gift from God:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Read more…

God’s Sovereignty and Free Will – Part 1

There’s an in-house debate in the church over God’s sovereignty and man’s free will that is key to how you understand the doctrine of salvation. On the one side are Calvinists. They hold a very strong opinion of God’s sovereignty, and believe that man really has no ability to make free choices. God’s grace and salvation is purely one-sided. Before the foundations of the world God made a unilateral decision about who He would have mercy on and save–specifically choosing some and passing over others. There’s no reason given for why God chooses some, other than He is God, and sovereign over all. On the other side are the Arminians, who believe that man can make a free choice whether or not he will accept God’s gift of grace through faith. Read more…

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Neal Boortz…coward or just a pompous “Big A”?

One of the reasons I decided to start blogging is I would see certain news items and feel a need to respond in some way. What better way to blow off that steam then to write down some of my thoughts. I suppose I could instead write down some stuff on a piece  of paper, roll it up, stick it in a bottle and toss it in the river. They say that can be cathartic. But, maybe this way a few people will actually read what I have to say, and might even comment.

One issue I feel strongly about is abortion. The coverage on the news is one-sided and generally never gets to the core question of the debate. The pro-life movement is depicted by images of radical protesters, bombed abortion clinics, and murdered doctors, while on the pro-choice side they present emotional stories of poor, unfortunate woman who are fighting for their rights to decide what they can do with their own bodies. Read more…

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