God’s Good News

There’s a lot of bad news in our world. Poverty, disease, violence, injustice, cruelty, war, famine, fire, flood—each day the news seems to be filled with these things. It’s easy to be discouraged by all this, even to despair for our future. It can also be easy to blame God for it all—after all, God’s …

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Tracting the Gospel

A couple of years ago I took a local church to task for the "gospel tracts" they were handing out and which we received. Here's what I said then about such "gospel tracts": A “gospel tract” is a small pamphlet that tells people how to get to heaven. There are many different versions, but that’s …

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Am I “Satanic” or Just “Unbiblical”? A Guide for My Christian Critics

Dear Christian critic, I occasionally say things that you find disconcerting, even disturbing. Sometimes you accuse me of being “unbiblical,” or of “not preaching the gospel,” or of “heresy,” even of being “antichrist” or (my personal favourite) “satanic.” Those are strong words. However, you do not seem to be using them correctly. So, I’ve put …

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Preserving Faith for Future Generations

From December 2017 through February 2018, I wrote a series of short articles for MennoMedia's Adult Bible Study Online. Over the past three weeks I have reproduced those here in my blog. Here is the article for February 25, 2018, based on 1 Timothy 6:11-21. First Timothy concludes with this exhortation: “Guard what has been …

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The Difference between Gods and God

From December 2017 through February 2018, I wrote a series of short articles for MennoMedia's Adult Bible Study Online. Over the next three weeks I will reproduce those here in my blog. Here is the article for December 17, 2017, based on Acts 14. The Bible has a complicated relationship with the “gods” of this …

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Healing, Proclamation, and Repentance

From December 2017 through February 2018, I wrote a series of short articles for MennoMedia's Adult Bible Study Online. Over the next three weeks I will reproduce those here in my blog. Here is the article for December 3, 2017, based on Acts 3. Healing, proclamation, and repentance. These three words are an apt summary …

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Bishop Curry, Luke and Acts, and “Christianity Lite”

There was a lot of buzz this past weekend about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duchess and Duke of Sussex. And a good bit of that buzz was about the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gonlKodrmk Responses to Bishop Curry’s sermon have ranged from …

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