“Do you believe in the resurrection?” Tom Caldwell did not start our conversation with this. It started over whether I was a Pittsburgh native because I was wearing a Steelers jersey. I was standing in the lobby of the Litchfield Inn on Pawley’s Island, SC carrying on a conversation with Tom, whom I had known … Continue reading Will There Be Coffee in the Resurrection?
Free Will or Predestination? | Romans 8:29-30 Science fact has tended to come from science fiction. In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke wrote a “foolscap-sized Newspad,” something sounds suspiciously like our modern iPad or other tablet computers. Aldous Huxley came up with the idea of mood-enhancing pills for his novel Brave New World in 1931, something … Continue reading You Asked for It IV
When I was about nineteen, I destroyed a car engine. I was young and despite my father's warnings and protestations, I was bad about auto maintenance. I went much longer than you should go without changing the engine's fluids or tuning it up because I’d rather spend the money on having fun with my car … Continue reading Systemic Christianity
Why Does the UMC not have He Descended into Hell in their version of the Apostle’s Creed? | 1 Peter 3:13-22 (Ephesians 4:7-10) Quotes are funny things, especially when they are attached to popular or historical figures. One of my favorites, particularly because I spent so many years as a graphic designer, is “Good artists … Continue reading You Asked for It III
Why Do We Have/Need Valleys? | 2 Samuel 12:1-14 Heather and I love to hike. One of our favorite pastimes for most of the early years of our relationship was to disappear into the woods on a Friday after work for a weekend camping trip. We have hiked all over the southeast and as we … Continue reading You Asked for It II
Why did Jesus Cry? – The Humanity of Jesus When your day is long And the night The night is yours alone When you're sure you've had enough Of this life Well hang on Don't let yourself go 'Cause everybody cries And everybody hurts sometimes. Sometimes things land just right. They hit you in just … Continue reading You Asked for It I