Category: God is Love

“Intelligent Design”…. does that mean what you think it means?

“Intelligent Design”…. does that mean what you think it means?

Careful, there…. “intelligent design” can mean two quite different things. First, and most popular in some circles, is the idea that evolution may be occurring much of the time, but that in addition God kinda “sticks his finger in” (my phrase) to stop, start, or alter what is happening. Science tends to object to this on rather simple grounds: there’s […]

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The Tragedy of 9/11 and the Horror of Righteous Certainty

The Tragedy of 9/11 and the Horror of Righteous Certainty

The below editorial was written in 2001, soon after the events of 9/11, and published in Cornerstone magazine. -=- “Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.” (Psalm 143:2 NIV) Second tower is struck by hijacked plane, Sept 11, 2001   September 11, 2001, I saw the orange fireball of human righteousness. America—the […]

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“Terrorist,” “Cultist” and Other Terms Used by Terrorists and Cultists

Forgive the wry title. And forgive the rambling, unkempt nature of what follows. But what happened to the word “cult” in the 1980s has now also happened to the word “terrorist.” Religious scholar Gordon Melton, I believe, once defined “cult” this way: “A cult is a religious group that we do not happen to like.” I would suggest this: “A […]

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“A Christian Because of Erotic Love”?

“A Christian Because of Erotic Love”?

photo, Jon Trott (c) 2005 Responding to a short paragraph introducing My Scarlet Seven lyric of a few days back (I guess the lyric itself wasn’t worth a comment! Haha), an anonymous poster asked: Can you clarify what you mean by “in fact a Christian because of erotic love” ? I posted the below as a reply there, but then […]

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God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

The below sermon, delivered at Jesus People USA’s Aug 12 service (at Joan Arai School), was provoked by many things too personal to blog on. Suffice it to say that I find myself continually falling short of God’s agape (charity). And that these feelings have recently been racheted up a few more notches as I observed others I love dearly […]

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A highly pertinent question

A highly pertinent question

Good Friday Church Service, Jesus People USA – Photo Jon Trott (c) 2010 “What is it that leads you to Christianity today?” [This question, along with my answer, comes from my face book page. I’d like to thank Sean Huncherick for asking the question.] Q: Clearly you’ve done a good amount of research on different beliefs, so I have to […]

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“The first person I see” – Soren Kierkegaard’s Christian Ethics of Love (C. Stephen Evans)

“The first person I see” – Soren Kierkegaard’s Christian Ethics of Love (C. Stephen Evans)

[by C. Stephen Evans – from Cornerstone Archives, Issue 116] Everyone agrees that Love lies at the Center of the Christian Life. There can be no intellectual task more important for the Church than the task of developing an understanding of the nature of Christian love, and what that love demands from us in the form of action. This is […]

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Reading the Bible to Break Your Heart

Reading the Bible to Break Your Heart

Some times, even for someone who’s been doing it for over thirty-nine years, reading the Bible can be like being ambushed by a Grizzly Bear. I’m not talking about some passage that is one of those “Why did God put *that* in there?” problem passages that folks sometimes use as an excuse to toss the whole thing. I’m talking instead […]

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An Existentialist Farm Boy’s Slow Fall Toward Jesus

An Existentialist Farm Boy’s Slow Fall Toward Jesus

Six years ago… or was it longer?… I was asked to pinch hit with a Sunday Sermon (the JPUSA pastors were out of town or something). What I offered up was a sort of old-school “testimony,” rough-hewn and homely. Here it is, this time with photos and a few minor corrections.     A Montana farm boy that had two […]

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Let’s Get Organic: God, Sin, and Human Beings’ Ability to Change

Let’s Get Organic: God, Sin, and Human Beings’ Ability to Change

History offers many examples of technological and intellectual change (we can do more and we know more than we used to). But as far as humankind’s moral dimension, there is scant and/or confusing evidence of any real movement forward. Our weapons of war are more sophisticated and deadly than ever and we use them to great effect. Our ability to […]

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