Serious Christian Talk About Depression and Suicide

I think Christians have a hard time talking about suicide, because doesn’t everybody have a hard time talking about something as weighty as suicide? I’d like to make my own attempt to bridge that gap and give some real talk. Jordan Peterson is one of the people I’ve seen honestly wrestle with this in a…

The Election and Free Will Debate

This post is an abbreviated version of a thought that I had about the whole “Election vs. Free Will” debate that exists in Christian circles. The Election of God and the Free Will of Man Is God sovereign and omnipotent and omniscient and good (all the traditional qualities of God)? Or do human being have…

Are You Sure You Know Joseph’s Hometown?

So let’s talk about Joseph —  the supposed Father of Jesus (Luke 3:23), betrothed to Mary (Luke 1:27) — Where was he actually from? Nazareth, right? That’s what everybody thinks. He and his high-school sweetheart Mary, who was prego-by-the-Holy-Spirit with ya-boy J.C. got married and then went to the ancient ancestral home of Joseph’s 900-year-old-great-granddaddy…

A Second Look at Jesus’s “Wrong” Answer

There is a story in the gospels that we often skip over without delving deep into what it says. I’m talking about the rich young man in Matthew 19. The interaction is below: And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to…

Exploring Isaiah’s Prophesy About Cyrus the Great

Isaiah was a prophet in Israel, and this post is about a mind-blowing prophesy he has that — strangely — many people, Christians included, don’t even know about. First I’m going to explain the prophesy and why it’s amazing. Then, I explain why we shouldn’t buy into the “modern” historical take on this prophesy. Isaiah,…

Addressing Ehrman’s Mark 1:41 Text Controversy

I was thrilled that in a Facebook post of my previous blog post on Bart Ehrman’s work, Ehrman himself commented to defend his position. I will update the previous post to reflect Ehrman’s words on the matter, and I am very grateful to him for spending that time to discuss the matter. Now, I’d like…

An Interesting Observation of a Roman Historian

This is a quick post, but one that I couldn’t help but notice. The following Account is given by the Roman historian Tacitus, who was born in 56 A.D. and died in 120 A.D. WE have two of his works. The first is “the Annals.” The second is “Histories.” The following comes from his second…

A Lawyer Explains the Difficult Laws of Moses: Are They Harsh?

This blog post is about the punishments for crimes given in the Old Testament, specifically those in the “Books of Law” Genesis – Deuteronomy. Many times, we see things like “Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death” (Exodus 21:15), and that seems just…   …harsh. Except, no. It’s not harsh. You…