A friend of mine was at Park City, the big mall here in Lancaster, at a department store jewelry counter. Just down the counter stood a couple girls looking at crosses. One of them wanted to get a cross necklace. My friend overheard one girl say to the other, “Oh look, this one has aContinue reading “How to talk about God (and how not to)”
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Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)
Is God fair? Will he send people to hell who never had a chance to know about salvation in Jesus? Yesterday we looked at some options for how Christians try to answer this difficult question. Today we seek for any other biblical passages that might give us some help. Thankfully there are some. Last weekContinue reading “Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)”
Will God send people to hell who never had a chance to hear about Jesus?
I want to tell you about a tragedy in the Amazon jungle earlier this year. Multiple news agencies circulated reports about a massacre in an uncontacted tribe in Brazil. Illegal gold miners were overheard bragging at a bar about how they had killed ten of the tribesmen, and they were waving around tribal artifacts toContinue reading “Will God send people to hell who never had a chance to hear about Jesus?”
How to hear God speak through the Bible
Many people say they do not hear God. Many others say they do hear God speak. I believe them. God speaks through dreams, visions, audible voices, etc. I’m sometimes jealous of that because I do not believe I have ever heard God speak to me in an audible voice, or in a whisper inContinue reading “How to hear God speak through the Bible”
Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?
Have you ever tried building a complicated Lego set without using the instruction guide? Just using the guide can be complex enough. All it takes is to put one brick one spot off, and within a few steps you realize that your model doesn’t look like the one in the picture. So you turn theContinue reading “Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?”
The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!”
“That’s not worship.” The person speaking the words was really frustrated at our church. They were talking about a change we made to our worship service. In that person’s view, the change had turned our worship service into something that was not worship. What change could we make that would take a worship service andContinue reading “The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!””
How to have faith that pleases God
Do you know what faith is? Do you know if your faith is pleasing to God? Yesterday I mentioned a definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1. After teaching that description of faith, the writer of Hebrews begins to describe some of the heroes of the Bible and how they demonstrated faith in God. First heContinue reading “How to have faith that pleases God”
A 1517-era “social media post” that lit the world on fire
Imagine this: what if you could write a post on Facebook that would change the world? Would you do it? What if you knew ahead of time that your one little Facebook post would start wars, that people would get killed, and that you yourself would become a fugitive on the run, afraid for yourContinue reading “A 1517-era “social media post” that lit the world on fire”