This question was posed to me by a teenager riding on the bus down to one of our youth group’s winter retreats: “If I have a girlfriend, why can’t God have one?” Of course, the simple answer is that, no, God does not have a girlfriend. He is both self-existent and ontologically different than His … Continue reading Does God have a girlfriend?
For an explanation of what this post is, see “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 1.” It should also be mentioned that this blog post may seem shorter than the other two in the series so far. This is because we left time for certain adults to share their testimonies at the end … Continue reading The “How” and “What” of 1 Peter pt. 3
For an explanation of what this post is, see “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 1.” Household Codes and Historical Background (youth group lesson transcript taught on 10.9.19) We are continuing on with our series on the ‘What’ and the ‘How’ of 1 Peter. As a reminder, we have been talking about the … Continue reading The “How” and “What” of 1 Peter pt. 2
We often teach the Bible through exposition and application. That is, we usually break down the content of a particular passage and then add in some modern-day life lesson at the end. There is nothing wrong with teaching in this way. But I wonder if we are doing people a disservice when we teach the … Continue reading The “How” and “What” of 1 Peter pt. 1
Just about everyone has read the short little novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It’s an American classic, and many high schools have incorporated this little gem into their English curriculum in some way. But, not everyone has read the Bible. In our postmodern society, many look at our Christian scriptures and regard … Continue reading How to Read the Bible (like any other book)
It should be mentioned right away that this post is not meant to be a pastoral reflection aimed at helping those experiencing the pain of miscarriage. There is true and deep pain associated with losing a child, no matter how small that child might be. But there are other sources better than this that were … Continue reading Is it God that causes babies to die in the womb?