FAITH, UNCERTAINTY, AND "KING JAMES ONLY"
on February 19th, 2024
In my early walk as an evangelical Christian, I somehow thought one’s faith had to be certain and logically impregnable about everything. If faith has doubts or questions, how can it be faith? Why believe in something uncertain? When I later developed serious questions about Christianity, I found my faith wasn’t impregnable. I considered abandoning it, but had my faith restored by the simple r...
MESSY MISTAKES WITH MUSTARD
on February 14th, 2024
We believe the Scriptures … to be … without error in the original writings…We believe this because we believe the Scriptures are “God-breathed” – that what the Scripture says, God says. When a prophet or apostle wrote, the words were both his words and God’s words. We can’t describe the process much beyond that.The idea that Bible is without error isn’t directly taught in the Bible. It’s a logi...
FLY DROPPINGS AND OTHER TYPES OF MANURE
on February 5th, 2024
People sometimes argue that you can’t trust the Bible because it’s been changed over the centuries so much that what the apostles wrote is no longer recognizable. I even heard a man once defiantly claim that a fly dropping deposited on a page could change a verse’s meaning – so how could we trust the Bible! These arguments demonstrate only the ignorance of one arguing.The New Testament is the be...
PERFECT ORIGINALS, IMPERFECT COPIES
on January 30th, 2024
We believe the Scriptures … to be … without error in the original writings…This final point of our statement of faith regarding the Bible – inerrancy, the belief that there are no errors in the Bible – has been a point of contention in Christianity throughout the last half of the 20th century. Traditional conservative Christianity concluded that the Bible doesn’t have any “errors” in it because:W...
INSPIRATION ISN'T ALWAYS INSPRING
on January 22nd, 2024
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God… That’s the first line in our church’s statement of faith. The Bible is our final authority in matters of the Christian faith because it is inspired. What does “inspired” mean?Some people confuse “inspired” and “inspiring” and think that when a Bible passage “comes alive” or “jumps out” or “speaks to” them – w...
on January 16th, 2024
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments,to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings,the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men,and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.At our church the Bible is the final authority on questions of the Christian faith and the Christian life. We define the Bible as “both Old and ...
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE RULES OF BASEBALL
on January 8th, 2024
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments,to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings,the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men,and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.That’s the first point of our church’s statement of faith. We start with the Bible.We don’t start with a particular tradition.We don’t start wit...
THE STARTING PLACE FOR OUR MISSION
on January 4th, 2024
I never felt a need to construct a mission statement, since Jesus left us one: make disciples (Matt. 28.20). Jesus even included two subpoints: baptize them and teach them to observe what I commanded you (Matt 28.20-21). The problem isn’t the mission statement but carrying it out given the changes in the world since the time Jesus issued the command.First, Jesus, being Jewish, was immersed in a...
LET THE ANGELS SING -- EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T
on December 20th, 2023
A story doesn’t need to be true to convey truth. Stories that aren’t true often convey the truth more effectively than stories that are true.After David sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to David with a fabricated story about a rich man who, rather than butchering his own sheep to feed guests, stole a poor man’s pet lamb and killed it for his fea...
ANGELS WITHOUT WINGING OR SINGING
on December 11th, 2023
Our Christmas celebration is peppered with things that aren’t true. I don’t mean Santa Claus, elves, and flying reindeer. I mean the things that we think of as the biblical, Christian, and religious elements of our Christmas celebrations.The second verse of “The First Noel” depicts the shepherds seeing the star of Bethlehem. The same stanza says the star “continued” to shine “both day and night...
on December 4th, 2023
…Did none of the social justice warriors who succeeded in removing the NFL’s Redskins from Washington DC so that the Commanders could move in to take their place recognize the irony?…Because I grew up in a teetotaling home I am unable to recognize when I’m interacting with a person impaired by drugs or alcohol. I interact as though they are reasoning normally and not always with pleasant results....
THE CLASH OF GOOD AND GOOD
on November 29th, 2023
Following a moral principle at personal cost can be hard. Even harder, however, is navigating life when two valid moral principles of good clash.This morning I was notified that our church’s name was tagged in a post about homelessness. Some social justice warrior was railing on the churches in and around Pottstown for not solving the problem of the homeless camp outside of town. He listed seve...