Understanding God’s Love

I would ask the reader to bear with me as I share an anecdote foundational to the discussion of the love of God which follows.  One warm spring Sunday or Wednesday evening after church at the Holmes Road church of Christ in Lansing, Michigan back in the mid 1990’s I lingered in the parking lot with one of the leading men of the congregation haranguing him with a diatribe about how the love of God was clearly evident within the…

Is President Trump a Friend of Labor

In the 2016 United States presidential election a surprisingly high percentage of American labor, including unionized labor supported Donald Trump.  Traditionally and historically, US labor solidly votes with the labor left.  Why did labor break ranks in this election cycle? President Trump made campaign promises to renegotiate or abandon a number of international trade agreements, to benefit American business and ostensibly to benefit American labor.  He promised to bring good paying jobs back to America.  Thus far, early in his…

What is Spiritual Maturity

What is Spiritual Maturity? Jesus was the most spiritually mature person that ever lived. Most Christians could probably agree with that statement. However, Jesus was not merely human. He was a divine personality. Jesus, being both human and divine sets an impossible transcendent standard of spiritual maturity. Christians reach toward and yet accept that standard as unattainable. Jesus was sinless, a mystifying perfection impossible for us. Among ourselves then we accept a lesser spiritual state of Christ and cast ourselves…

If God is good He is not God and if God is God He is not good

Is God Cruel? Is God Capricious? Is God insensitive and indifferent to human suffering and injustice?  “If God is good He is not God and if God is God He is not good.”  Attributed to Archibald MacLeish That was the reply to the question, “What is your take on the Judeo Christian God?” asked of a 60+ year old Jewish American man. He explained that his answer was rooted in a response and an attitude toward God based upon the…

Hesed, Agape and Love

Hesed, Agape and Love? In the Old Testament there is a Hebrew word of tremendous spiritual importance. The word is rendered in English as “Hesed.” This word occurs approximately 250 times in the Old Testament. David used the word extensively in his Psalms. Moses and the other prophets used it extensively as well. The New Testament was mostly written in Greek and hardcore, spiritually serious and biblically studious Christians eventually find themselves in a bible study where the Greek word…

Depoliticizing Christianity

Depoliticizing Christianity. Should Christian churches depoliticize?  The modern western Christian world lives in religious and political freedom, a relatively new development in the last few centuries. We live under forms of government which have come to accept, officially and culturally, the separation of church and state as an operational principle. As culturally, religiously and politically free and independent people, we have evolved away from accepting subjugation as voluntary subjects under the politicized hierarchical authority of religious leadership in Christian churches.…

Dad Models God for his Children

Fathers, not mothers model God for their children. What then, becomes of children raised by single mothers? Their God model is absent. What then, becomes of children raised by wicked sinister or socially, emotionally and spiritually incompetent men? Their God concept develops and distorts from the wicked aberrant model. Prisons are filled with people spiritually and emotionally malformed from childhood because their fathers were absent or were not caring men of good character. How great is the advantage to the nurture of…

Adultery and Lust

Adultery and Lust "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY'; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28 Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. It seems like I recall Jimmy Carter confessing that he had committed adultery in his heart in this way.…

God will let you find Him

God will let us find Him David’s Message to his son Solomon “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a…

Nephilim and Neanderthal Man

Was Neanderthal Man the Nephilim? Have you ever read the bizarre story of the Nephilim in Genesis chapter six? Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless…

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