I Have Faith In My Certainty

So, a friend recently shared an older entry from Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Atheist” blog about one of Kirk Cameron’s films. This one, “Unstoppable“, is Kirk’s attempt to explain why God allows evil to exist, i.e. theodicy. Of course, the film’s Facebook page didn’t put it that way, saying that, “Unstoppable creatively asks—and answers (italics mine)—the age-old question: Where […]

It’s Advent (Sigh) PtIII

In the continuing saga of my issues with Advent, we talk about yet another of those words connected with it: hope. Now, one of the best things about being a Baptist is that you aren’t bound to liturgical things like the lectionary text. This past Sunday at College Park Baptist Church, that freedom allowed our […]

Cognitive Dissonance?

“Cognitive dissonance”…, I’ve heard that phrase several times over the years. But, it was only a few months ago that I took the time to see what it actually meant. Consulting the Google, I found it is “psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously” (courtesy Messrs.’ Merriam and Webster). As I read that, […]

Benefit of a Doubt

A couple of days ago, I wrote “the situation faced by (Moral Monday) protesters who’ve been arrested is a relatively safe one”. Today, as happens on occasion, I have to eat those words. A couple of hours after that post went up, I read on the Love Wins Facebook page that Shon McClain, one their people, […]

A Dark Night Gets a Little Lighter

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. As pastor Michael Usey put after the second service, it wasn’t about young people playing “big church”, it was the younger members of our family showing us how the Gospel was revealed in their lives. The lectionary text this year was Exodus 3:1-6. That may not […]

A Dark Night

The term “dark night of the soul” comes from a poem by St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish Christian mystic. The poem is about the journey of the soul from the body to Heaven. This journey is called “The Dark Night” to represent the difficulties and hardships encountered on the way. While […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt VI

No Doubt Okay, we’re in the home stretch and starting our last topic from the Barna study: “The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt”. This is, perhaps, a good time to make the point that not all churches are hostile to doubt and questions. But, somewhere along the line, we went off the tracks and […]