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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do you want the Holy Spirit?

Do you want the Holy Spirit? The question can be intended or taken as much as a test of someone’s spirituality or a boast of one’s own. It can also have the effect, even if unintended, of casting the immature of faith into doubt as to the indwelling of deity in them. Where is the Holy Spirit whom you want? What does it mean to ask for the Holy Spirit?


Should a believer expect his/her request for a miraculous gift such as the ability to speak in a tongue/language to be granted?


After all, Jesus said how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? As if these words of Jesus were not enough there is always this one: The Holy Spirit can do whatever he wants to do. It’s a slogan which may play well and silence many, but it says nothing about one’s understanding as to what the scriptures reveal about the work of the Holy Spirit. It seems a foregone conclusion that the Holy Spirit by that very designation of himself as Spirit is subject to all manner of distractions and imaginations since he is, after all, spirit.


(note: Some believers attempt to create, as evidence of the Spirit in them, a distinction between tongues such as what the apostles spoke on Pentecost (Acts 2) and tongues such as in First Corinthians 14 with special emphasis on unknown tongues or tongues of angels versus [according to them]mere human language, but this is futile. Both words, tongues and languages as these appear in the English text in these chapters are taken from the same Greek word. Furthermore, I would add, that an understanding which is centered on the study or emphasis of single words in isolation is suspect.)


This article is about the pursuit of some saints who ask for the Holy Spirit. The disciples in Jerusalem and the disciples in Samaria are the focus of this article. As praiseworthy as asking for the Holy Spirit may sound, and it has nothing to do with being in submission and obedience to the Holy Spirit, it is mistaken. The reason it is mistaken is because of what Jesus revealed concerning himself and the Father, namely, that the misunderstanding, or understanding of one extends to the other. The Holy Spirit, since He is as much deity as the Father and Son, is subject to the same misunderstanding and is to be understood by the disciples just as they understand the Father and Son.


to want the Father


The testimony of the scriptures reveals how the disciples who saw with their own eyes, heard with their own ears and touched with their own hands could not avoid fostering misunderstandings of their own. Specifically, to the degree that they misunderstood Jesus, they misunderstood the Father, and a little later, that same misunderstanding could possibly extend to the Holy Spirit in the first century and the twenty first century. Is the reason some saints ask for the Holy Spirit because they do not know Him?
There is an instance in the gospel of John (14) when Philip insisted that Jesus  just show them the Father. Philip’s confusion may have been prompted by Jesus’ prior words: If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him. Imagine his surprise when he heard this simple, but profound, reply from Jesus:


Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ 10  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?


Philip’s befuddlement seems much like the saints in Christ who ask for the Spirit. His request to want to see the Father revealed that He did not know whom it was that he heard and saw day after day. So, if the disciples who lived, walked and talked with Jesus struggled to know and to understand him; there is at least as much of a challenge for those who want the Holy Spirit, but even more for those who want to know Him.


The Jerusalem disciples: you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit


Those who heard the gospel message proclaimed by Peter did not ask for the Holy Spirit, (Acts 2) at least, not in the same sense as some brothers and sisters mistakenly ask today. They were told by Peter they would receive the Holy Spirit according to promise. Who made this promise? Initially, Yahweh through his servant, the prophet Joel, many years before the day of Pentecost. This promise had been refreshed by Jesus in the presence of his disciples in his last hours with them as recounted in the gospel of John.


Jesus had told them the Holy Spirit who was with them would be in them.


So, how did the Jerusalem disciples receive the Holy Spirit at Peter’s preaching? They received Him in the same manner as they received his word; being baptized in response to the words they had heard. Denial or rejection of that baptism or that gift is as well as to deny both. These two, baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit, were not regarded or presented by Peter as two separate matters for the believers. Peter’s listeners’ had no more known the Holy Spirit than they knew Jesus. This was the fulfillment of what Jesus had spoken, your heavenly Father give(s) the Holy Spirit to those who ask him because surely their cry to Peter as to what they were to do ascended to the throne of our Heavenly Father who was ready and willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who believed in his Son.


Their request as to what they were to do resulted in them receiving the Holy Spirit. They were not believers in Christ who asked for the Holy Spirit like believers in Christ who ask for the Spirit, today. The request was from nonbelievers on the threshold of belief.


The power of this word which they heard and to which they responded was nothing less than the same proof and assurance, think about it, which Jesus gave to Philip when Jesus called on Philip to believe his words. Even more, Jesus effectively gave prominence to the words he spoke over his physical presence and the works which he performed when he asserted that the Father dwelled in him.


Notice in Acts 2 that the reaction of Peter’s listeners reveals it was the apostles whom they heard who were speaking in the language of the people. Notice also, that Luke states many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. This seems to suggest that, at least on the day of Pentecost, these wonders and signs were limited to the apostles. The modern pursuit of the Holy Spirit in the form of miraculous gifts was not so among the apostles and the saints in Christ in Jerusalem in the first century. They were knowledgeable and confident of the indwelling of deity in them and the notion of asking for the Holy Spirit was not something which occupied their walk of faith in Jesus.


The Samaria disciples: that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 16 for as yet he had fallen on none of them


Whatever the time lapse might have been between that initial limitation and Luke’s account of someone other than the apostles performing signs it was Stephen who was the first non-apostle to perform miracles. It bears worth noting that Stephen and the other six men did not ask to receive the Holy Spirit.


Specifically, that reception of the Spirit by the seven was not a reference to the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer (which all seven received at that earlier time when they obeyed the gospel of Jesus), rather it is a reference to what they received through the laying on of the apostles’ hands.


About the same time as Stephen, Philip, who was one of the seven, went out to preach to the people of Samaria. Luke states that the Holy Spirit had fallen on none of them, (Acts 8:16) that is, those who had believed the message of Philip. This expression in reference to the miraculous phenomenon appears as, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word (Acts 10:44) the Holy Spirit fell on them (Acts 11:15) None of these expressions or anything similar appears in Acts 2 to the response of those who heard Peter.


Furthermore, Luke notes that Simon, one of our brothers who had responded in obedience to the preaching of Philip, saw with his eyes how this miraculous endowment of the Holy Spirit was given and received by the believers. What he saw was that it was through the laying on the apostles hands.


(note concerning Cornelius: There is much speculation and discussion as to whether Cornelius, the first Gentile convert, was saved before or after the Holy Spirit fell (which preceded his baptism) upon him. This seems like a moot point because when Peter recounted that eventful day he quoted Cornelius as to what Cornelius said to Peter about sending for Peter, who will speak to you words by which you will be saved. The salvation of Cornelius, according to Peter, was not contingent on the Holy Spirit falling on Cornelius (which probably never entered Peter’s mind) or speaking in tongues, but in the words which Cornelius was to hear from Peter.)


conclusion


A good part of clearing up the confusion and misunderstanding concerning our brothers and sisters in Samaria who received the word of God is to go back to what became known and established on Pentecost through the preaching of the apostles. The facts that we know as they were established are about as plain as Philip being with and seeing Jesus:


  1. All believers have received the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit since Pentecost,
  2. The first miraculous manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit was through the apostles, initially.
  3. The manifestation of miraculous signs through some believer, besides the apostles, is evident in the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the scriptures.

Our Heavenly Father gives good gifts. He sends to both the good and the evil the sun and the rain. What’s more He gives these without request or partiality. However, there is one request which must be made and it is granted to whom God determines to give it. It is granted to those who come to the Father through Jesus. It is they who receive the Holy Spirit according to promise to dwell in them forever. A confidence which is grounded in the understanding of what the scriptures testify concerning the indwelling of the Spirit in the believer is not shaken by pressure from some to ask for the Spirit. peace to all.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What is Halloween?

Selected (unrelated) reading: Artemis, Pentecost

"Satan's birthday!" blurted out the fifth grader to begin our class brainstorm to my open question, "What is Halloween?". Typically, I would do an overview with my students on calendar holidays to cover the origin, significance and present day observance. My colleagues were aghast at the mere prospect of mention or discussion of a religious point. My response to all was I was not interested in inquiring or imposing respective beliefs. The subject matter, such as Halloween or Christmas, is found in libraries throughout the world. Americans (I do not believe we as a people are unique in this respect) observe religious and cultural holidays with a shallowness with respect to origin and significance.

So, here's my attempt with dos (2) bits of knowledge, understanding and thoughts on The origin and significance of Halloween. I decided in favor of keeping links and references to a minimum while encouraging all to a survey study of their own. You will likely encounter discrepancies and variations between writings on Samhain/Halloween. My purpose is to do a brief overview of Halloween including, 1) The origin and significance, 2) The present day observance and practice, and 3) The value of observance as between Americans in general and Christians in particular.
The origin and significance of Halloween
Halloween, or "Hallowed (holy) eve", "All saints day" occurs, depending on the religious versus cultural, view on October 31 or November 1. Although it is regarded by some as a cultural event it was not so for its pre-christian practitioners, the Celts of France, Britain and Ireland. Among the Celts it was the learned elderly, spiritual priests of the Druids who presided over the "Samhain" (pronounced, "Sow en", approx.) religious ceremonies.
Samhain represented a day (perhaps two or three) when the lowering of the barrier of separation between the living and the dead, between the end and beginning of the year, occurred. It was a time when, according to Celtic belief, it was possible the spirits of the dead could be reached. All fires were extinguished (creating an opportune moment for the spirit world) throughout the land to be re-ignited with fire from the priests. Families remembered and invoked the spirit of loved ones and would lay out an assortment of treats to welcome their visitation. The danger in calling on the spirits of dear ones was that evil spirits (the aforementioned opportune moment) could make their way through into the real world and harm families expecting a loved one's spirit, also. Therefore, they disguised themselves to appear as evil spirits by wearing frightening attire ( costumes) as though themselves one of the dead.
Although I dressed up our daughters for their trick-or-treat night I have never taken to trick or treating let alone wearing a costume even in my younger days.
"Yes, Mr. Torres, but you're old" pointed out another boy to everyone's laughter.
"Oh! You're so right" I replied. "After all, it was the elderly priests who led the solemn Samhain ceremonies and it was not children going door-to-door asking for treats, right?"
The present day observance and practice
Halloween, from a child's view, is participation, in costume, going door-to-door armed with the intimidation, charm and their battle cry of "Trick or Treat!" Their's is a participation in a cultural event, including pumpkin carvings, devoid of meaning. Some participate in mindless destruction of property. Others flaunt a public display to profess allegiance and worship of Satan. None of this has anything to do with Samhain as observed and practiced by the Celts under the leadership of the Druid priests.
Even the "evil religion" tarnish given Samhain by the church is lost to many people. The Roman catholic church, as she has done throughout the world, acquiesced (as a means to an end: conversion of non-believers) to Celt culture. The church syncretized, that is it, melded or harmonized, pagan and Christian beliefs. Later, the church changed its stance and widened the distance between new converts and their this old pagan holiday. Samhain was distorted and demonized as Satanic worship and human sacrifice. The ignorance has been passed on from generation to generation.
The value of observance
Holidays in America, whether religious or cultural, bear a common semblance in the manner in which they are observed: A day off from school or work, picnics and parties.
Is there value in observing Halloween as a religious or cultural holiday? Halloween, and all religious holidays, are neither sanctioned nor condemned for believers in the New Testament. The problem and subsequent teaching by New Testament writers arose when holidays became a proof-test of faith. A former adherent and practitioner of the Mosaic law and now a Christian would choose, for example, to observe the Sabbath. That was not a problem. The problem occurred when it didn't stop there. The individual and other like-minded Christians decided to impose that as a faith requirement on fellow Christians. They targeted those who shared a similar religious heritage with them. The same problem occurred with former pagans as they decided to participate in their former pagan holiday festivities now that they were Christians. Provided they did not engage in immorality it was alright for them to observe the holiday, but not to expect or require fellow Christians to observe the holiday, too.
The Christian expectation, as set forth in the New Testament, is for the believer to be all things to all men. Thereby, evangelism and the winning of non-believers to faith in Jesus, the Son of God. In other words, the Christian's participation in a holiday such as Halloween is with a purpose and understanding of his/her participation and much more than self-gratification.
Unlike the mere observance of a holiday the practice of calling on the dead carries a strong Old Testament prohibition. There is a instance recorded in the book of I Samuel. The reaction of the necromancer from Endor upon seeing the dead may suggest this was a first time ever and may explain the charlatan's great fright. This is neither a condemnation nor acceptance on the Celtic belief. Their belief, whether or not we agree with it, was genuine. The biblical account inference is that even an attempt to connect with the dead is a prohibited. It is a turning away from the revelation of the word of God. It, not the dead, is where believers are to seek guidance and understanding in matters of knowledge present and future.
It is ironic that Halloween, shrouded in dubious practices and ignorance concerning the dead, should come to be a celebration of significant stature in America. Our communities come alive under the moonlight as we walk with our children through our neighborhoods. Total strangers wait and welcome eagerly the children to hear them blurt out, "trick or treat". Though some have cited Memorial Day as our day of remembrance of the dead in America it is primarily the brave men and women who fell in battle and nothing comparable to Halloween or Samhain. "El dia de los muertos" ("the day of the dead") in Latin America bears similarity to the ancient holiday. However, their observance is influenced increasingly by the American costume and "trick or treat" practice in recent years.
Americans may be hard-pressed to give a simple explanation on the meaning of Halloween. However, the affect in community neighborhoods suggests there is an undeniable significance. Perhaps, it is an opportune moment for us, the living, to ponder the meaning that shapes our lives, a great value in itself while we enjoy the night with our children. The gross perversion of Halloween as a glorious Satanic day by a Satanist such as Anton LaVey and which is so quickly swallowed up by gullible saints in Christ only serves to reveal our ignorance. LaVey's and other people's perverse corruption of a celebration is no different than false prophets like Joseph Smith who proclaimed a perverse corruption of the gospel.

The message of Halloween by the saints in Christ

The Halloween message for the saints in Christ in the community on Halloween is that while the Celts celebrated with a welcome the spirits of their departed dead; we in Christ celebrate life in our Savior Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God risen from the dead.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holidays: Pentecost and Halloween

(Note: This article neither suggests nor states that these two holidays are alike, related or associated in any way with each other. Read on, please. gt)


The value of holidays
The observance of holidays by adherents of various religious beliefs is an ancient, common practice. Typically, the value of these celebratory observances is to remind the older generation and to teach the newer generations the origin, the significance and the meaning behind those holiday observances. Oftentimes what happens over the years is that the origin, significance and meaning are altered, diluted or forgotten. This may happen either through the abandonment of those observances by the remaining, but fading faithful, or through attempts to make relevant those observances, even at great cost to their faith heritage, seemingly as a way to remain relevant or to maintain appeal in the modern culture.
Holidays are often cited as religious, pagan or political in origin with the last of these being, presumably, devoid of religious content and are merely for propaganda (much like the teaching by celebrants of religious holidays) of ideology and the state. Religious holidays are often viewed as pagan and are dismissed and disregarded with varying degrees of disdain by other self-proclaimed religious groups and individuals. This view may reflect the desire of individuals or groups to forget their past involvement and celebration of those pagan holidays. It may reflect an inability to make an appreciable assessment of those holidays with respect to their new faith and to teach and enlighten those with whom they once joined in those holiday celebrations.


The purpose of this article


This brief article cites two religious holidays. This is not a study of those holidays, but it is merely a reference to them. The purpose is to draw some observations. The first holiday involves the observance and practice of Pentecost by the apostle Paul as recorded in the book of Acts 21. Pentecost, the Jewish religious holiday, is also known as “Feast of Harvests,” “Week of Weeks” and “Shavout.” It was the Hellenist Jews who referred to it as “Pentecost” which is also as it is most commonly known by Christians.


Pentecost
God commanded and instructed Israel about various holidays which they were to observe. (Leviticus 23) These were not existing holidays or pagan holidays. They were ordained by God himself. One of these holidays was pronounced for Israel to observe yearly following the annual Passover Sabbath. (Leviticus 23:15-21) They were to count seven complete Sabbaths following that Sabbath. The instruction is given in the following manner: fifty days or seven Sabbaths. Seven times seven equals forty nine, plus one; hence, fifty days, or Pentecost. (Note: This counting method will always place the fiftieth day on the first day of the week in the Gregorian calendar, or Sunday.) These are some passages in the Tanakh (Old Testament) with references to Pentecost; Exodus 23; 24, Leviticus 23, Numbers 28 and Deuteronomy 16.
Pentecost, for Israel, fell under the auspices of the Law of Moses. Among the early Gentile disciples of Jesus it became known to them as they were taught by the apostles, especially Paul. It is likely that the Gentile converts to whom Paul ministered learned of the origin, significance and meaning of Pentecost through Paul. Certainly, that teaching by the apostle Paul would not have been to impose on those saints any requirement on their part to observe Pentecost. Paul was clear that the purpose and observance of this holiday, as any other Jewish holiday and as a part of the Law of Moses, had been fulfilled. This fulfillment of the law was explained by Paul extensively in his writings concerning the Law.
Yet, Paul saw Pentecost as an opportunity for the gospel of Jesus.
The observance of Pentecost by Paul was neither because he was bound to observe it nor because it was ordained by God.


Christians often claim they do not observe a holiday because of its pagan origins. Clearly, since Pentecost was ordained by God there was no question as to whether it had any connection with pagan origins.

Nonetheless, it was not for this reason acceptable for Pentecost to be imposed on the saints then, or today. Christians in the first century were never bound to that law as Paul pointedly reminded Peter and as the saints were instructed by the elders and the church in Jerusalem. (Galatians 2:11-21) The reason why Christians were not bound to that Law was for the same reason as the Jews, namely, because the Jews themselves could never be justified by the law. Justification from sin was through Christ in whom justification was made free and available to all who obediently trust Him.
Paul looked forward to being in Jerusalem for Pentecost. (I Corinthians 16:8; Acts 20:16) When he arrived in Jerusalem he was informed about the accusations and misinformation which was circulating in Jerusalem about him. (Acts 21) There are three points to observe from Paul’s acquiescence to the instruction of the leadership of the church in Jerusalem.


  1. He consecrated himself and four other men along with him and went into the temple.
  2. Despite all measures taken by Paul to show his respect for the Jews and the temple customs he was immediately accused falsely of desecrating the temple.
  3. Subsequently, he was arrested and appealed to Caesar. Thus, Paul began the long journey to Rome to appear before the emperor and seize the opportunity which awaited him to proclaim Jesus in Caesar’s palace.


Is it possible that there are vital lessons from the apostle Paul’s observance of Pentecost for the saints in Christ? Is there anything praiseworthy of Paul’s observance of Pentecost for the saints to enlighten them and for them to emulate with respect to their response to pagan holidays and holidays ordained by God?


Halloween
The second holiday; Halloween, is commonly referred to and cited by Christians, that is, the saints in Christ, as a pagan holiday. This article in no way suggests or equates the Halloween holiday with the holiday of Pentecost. It does not suggest there is any relation or association between the two. However, there are principles concerning the observance and practice of holidays as taught by the apostle Paul through his exemplary celebration of Pentecost.
Holidays represent a challenge for Christians to learn and understand more fully just what it means and what it looks like either to celebrate or refrain from celebrating a holiday as Paul urged the saints in Rome. (Romans 14)
Broad condemnations of a holiday, its celebration or its celebrants do nothing for those whom we would presume to enlighten.


The origins of the pagan holiday of Halloween (Samhain) go back to the Druids. The name as well as the origin, significance and meaning behind the observances and practices are, for the most part, lost, obscured or altered. There is a more complete blog article on Halloween for those who wish to read it.


Today, Halloween is about children going door to door for candy treats. It is just an occasion for occult practitioners; both practices of which are a departure from the Druid belief and practice concerning Halloween. The Druid belief was that the spirits of their dearly departed would visit them on that night. Therefore, they would put out treats for the spirits. They soon realized that an open door for the good spirits in the after-world was also an open door for evil spirits. As a means of protecting themselves they disguised themselves with frightful costumes to deceive the evil spirits into thinking the living were themselves evil spirits. Thus, the evil spirits would let them alone.


There was much more to the celebration and observance of Samhein among the Druids. Two aspects of this celebration will suffice for this article.


  1. They believed and invoked the presence of the good spirits of their dearly departed for a brief visitation among the living kin.
  2. The disguised themselves as protective measure against evil spirits.

The dismissal by the saints in Christ of those beliefs misses the point. Certainly, I do not contend for the truth of those beliefs, but the point of fact is that this was their belief. The fact that we might disdain and condemn that belief and feel justified to take license and distort it with accusations of demonic worship is a lie of our own making.


Conclusion


Both Pentecost and Halloween, as unrelated as they are to each other, pose some lessons which demand a response with understanding from the saints in Christ. Merely saying a holiday is of pagan origin and therefore it is an evil the observance of which is to be avoided by Christians is as fallacious as to sanction the observance by Christians of Pentecost on the basis that it was ordained of God and as a way to draw closer to God. Any saint who would embrace Pentecost or any holiday because they can ascribe it in some way to God and as a way to drawer closer to God are reminded of Paul's to the Galatians, Christ will profit you nothing.


What, then, can Christians offer to the Halloween celebration and its celebrants?


Some possibilities come to mind.


  1. We remember Jesus who, though he died, was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness raised from the dead by the power of the resurrection.
  2. The saints in Christ have been clothed with Christ since they were washed of their sins in baptism.
  3. We have received the Holy Spirit who does not visit us, but He dwells in us.

It is ironic, if not an indictment of lost opportunity by the saints, that the Halloween, one holiday on which the saints ignorantly heap aspersions of evil also happens to be the only holiday in which we eagerly look forward to strangers knocking at our toward to receive an undeserved (grace?) treat from us. Let Jesus as Lord and Savior be proclaimed and made known to those who do not know him. peace to all.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Post Index


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1018/2014  Do you want the Holy Spirit?
10/17/2014  What is Halloween?
10/13/2014  Holidays: Pentecost and Halloween
09/17/2014  BCV and context
09/10/2014  Disproving Christianity: Jesus is a LIE
08/13/2014  Suicide and mistaken notions
07/29/2014  Suffer the Children: American & Christian response to the immgrant children crisis
07/14/2014  all Israel will be saved: Replacement Theology
06/01/2014  Jesus and Zacchaeus
05/22/2014  The Singularity
05/10/2014  Transcript: Nearing the End - A Conversation with Theologian Stanley Hauerwas
05/02/2014  Real things, unseen things
04/26/2014  The Muslim fear of death
04/11/2014  How God did not become a man, but took on the form of man
04/06/2014  Do you eat Halal?
03/25/2014  Jesus and Paul: concessions for the divorced, abandoned and unmarried
03/08/2014  Led by the Spirit / Walk by the Spirit
01/23/2014  The Cult of Artemis and the Royal Priesthood
01/22/2014  The Righteous Who Live by Faith
01/18/2014  Does this offend you?

12/25/2013  The Righteous Shall Live By Faith
12/19/2013  The Indwelling of Deity in Jesus
11/02/2013  Jesus: Love & Hate
10/27/2013  What is Halloween?
10/22/2013  Melchizedek, priest of God Most High
07/05/2013  Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church
07/31/2013  Glen Beck is playing prophet
06/17/2013  The belief of childbearing in I Timothy 2
06/06/2013  The Cult of Artemis and the Royal Priesthood
06/02/2013  The Homosexual Right to Worker Benefits
05/30/2013  Weightier Matters
05/09/2013  Jesus Unscripted
04/30/2013  Walk in the Spirit
03/15/2013  Application principals on same-sex benefits from a parable
02/23/2013  Purity
01/14/2013  Searching for the Baby in the Bathwater --- a partial response
01/10/2013  Out-gunning the un-gunned
01/01/2013  Human sacrifice at Moriah and Egypt

12/14/2012  Our Responsibility as a Society
11/07/2012  This Mystery is Great: Unity and Marriage
09/08/2012  The Mystery Satan Did Not Know
08/12/2012  Sound bites in politics and religion
07/22/2012  110% Proof Jesus is not God - - a response
07/20/2012  The problem with fundamentalism, part 2: Religious fundamentalism - - a response
07/01/2012  The Problem of Paul - - a response
06/07/2012  Christianity Unmasked
03/03/2012  Rush Limbaugh: The mockery of mockers
02/21/2012  Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus - - - a comment
02/17/2012  Christianity and Gender - - - a comment
02/04/2012  The unwearied human body
01/06/2012  Father, Son, Holy Spirit . . . heart, mind and soul

12/26/2011  Christmas and holidays
12/18/2011  Serving Tables
10/27/2011  When the perfect comes
09/21/2011  The Submission of Jesus
08/20/2011  Spirit and truth: The Samaritan woman and Jesus
06/29/2011  In the Spirit
06/28/2011  The Lord's Supper
05/30/2011  Ahamd Deedat Explain who is the Holy Spirit
05/08/2011  Is Jesus Both God and Man? - - a comment
05/07/2011  The Trinity Delusion: a response
05/01/2011  The Wedding
04/30/2011  Judging Others
04/10/2011  A Properly Baked Cake
04/07/2011  Khalid Yasin: What Jesus said about Muhammed
03/05/2011  Royal Priesthood
03/01/2011  Book sparks charges of heresy
02/05/2011  Sorcery and Rebellion: One coin, two sides
01/31/2011  I Am Amazed
01/23/2011  If There Is A Prophet
01/21/2011  One Way to the Father
01/02/2011  One Year Bible

12/22/2010  A Most Wonderful Day in Eden
12/11/2010  A Christmas Moment
12/10/2010  My Birthday
11/09/2010  Humanists launch huge "godless" ad campaign
10/25/2010  What is Halloween?
10/01/2010  22 days
09/16/2010  Our moral code is out of date
08/31/2010  Stumbling Over Things We See
05/26/2010  The Human Jesus: a response
05/07/2010  God is (not) dead
05/29/2010  Father, Son and Holy Spirit
05/20/2010  Marks of a Spiritual
05/03/2010  The Resurrection of Jesus