Archive: The Unlikely Son

An Evolution of Worship

I debated about whether to put this critique in The Crucible, but decided it fit better in The Unlikely Son. My comments in red. FROM A.B.ENGLAND Let me first say,...

When God Cries

FROM GRANWELL I happened upon a factoid about the Bible, that John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept.” I looked it up out of curiosity to...

A Little Homeschool Mentoring

Every once in a while, some young homeschooling parents ask my advice. A friend of mine received an email of frustration from his wife and shared it with me. I...

The American Flurry

I can't believe they elected him! It's just awful...horrible! This country is going down the tubes! We gotta do something! We can't let this stand, because I'm going to die,...

Words Matter

Several years ago, I read some emails from my son's friends. They contained some pretty salty language. I spoke to my son about it and made my position clear, but...

Christ's Immigration Policy

The woman was a staunch Hillary supporter, and quite angry with our President. "I can't believe this maniac was elected! How can he ban all Muslims from coming to America?"...

The Christian Movie Critic - Risen

I recently watched the movie Risen, and I thought I might give my opinion on it. It's the story of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection as witnessed by a Roman tribune...

Laying Hold of God

This will be my last post until after the new year. Until then, all praise and thanks to the mighty God Whose birth we celebrate at Christmas! My previous post...

A Prayer for a Friend

I have a friend who is very ill and has been for quite some time. There is a prayer I pray for my friend. I don't use the same words...

The New Racism

Below is a letter to the editor that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch. I thought I might comment on it. My comments in red. By Adrienne Hood My son, Henry...

The American Sit-In

Note: Sarah Feinberg is a former Marine Corps captain. Her sister posted this piece on her Facebook account. To see the original Facebook posting and video click HERE. My entire...

Jesus Christ - Hollywood Leftist

Recently, I saw the remake of Ben Hur with my wife. I thought it was a decent movie - maybe a C. I depise the current cinematographic technique of jerking...

The Sovereign God

I've talked to several people who are worried about the coming election. As a generic example, it usually sounds something like this: "How is Hillary Clinton running for President? Why...

The Personal God

As I correspond to different people on the internet, it often strikes me how foreign their concept of God is to me. To them, God is usually some kind of...

Homosexual Hatred

Here’s an little conversation I thought might be interesting. My comments in red. FROM JASON Why do christians hate gays so much? What have we ever done to you? Speaking...

Evolution Cage Fight - Part 2

LEA You wouldn't know if a creature was in the middle of their evolutionary period because you only see it during the years of your life - you won't live...

Evolution Cage Fight - Part 1

Here's the first part of a discussion I had with some people about evolution. My comments in red. LC You're just one of those close-minded fundamentalists. I'm very open-minded...just not so open...

A Fast Way to God

FROM IRENE I've often heard about fasting and praying from religious people. What exactly is the purpose of fasting? Does God take people who fast more seriously than people who don't...

Signs of the Times

Here's a little conversation I had with an atheist that I thought might be interesting. My responses in red. FROM GREGORY Revelation: "A peculiar record of the visions of a...

The Bible is FULL of Mistakes

FROM DOUBTER If you think that your bible is the inspired inerrant word of the living god then it seems to me that any flaws in it render this proposition...

Jesus is the Vine

I debated whether to post this in The Crucible, but decided my critique fit more with The Unlikely Son. The post below is actually two posts from Shann combined. FROM SHANN...

A Critique of a Critique

After I critiqued Nevrborn's post (see it here), it spawned a discussion that I thought people might find interesting. My comments in red. FROM JUSTBISHOP Not disagreeing with John, per...

Life in the Pressure Cooker - Part 2

By John Oberon In my last post, I wrote about husbands monitoring and directing their family schedule to reduce stress and promote peace for their wives. Simply saying no to...

Life in the Pressure Cooker - Part 1

I led a homeschool group for several years when my children were young. Occasionally, I wrote a newsletter article to inform or encourage homeschool families. This is part one of a...

The Reflected Rebel

By John Oberon I had a train of thought the other day, and I'd like to let it run past the depot of your eyes. If I had to choose...

A Letter from God

Dear Child, You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am...

Homophobic Hypocrite

FROM RACHEL A couple years ago, a Catholic priest refused to give a communion at her own mother's funeral because she was a lesbian. I was outraged at this. Jesus was...

Where is the Love?

FROM LYNN If God loves us and wants only what is best for us and protects us from evil, then how is it that ISIS is cutting heads off of Christian...

Is the Bible History or Myth?

My responses in red. FROM GREGORY The Old Testament is largely made up of re-written Egyptian myths and fables (names were changed to protect the innocent.) Only 8 books in...

Upon a Closer Reading...

My responses in red. FROM LEA John, I have read the Bible. I also have a strong faith in God, but I don't have faith in a male-written and male-dominated...

One of these Flood Scenarios Won't Hold Water

Here's a little interaction I had with a fellow that  I thought might interest someone. My responses in red: What I struggle with is when the Bible has far fetched stories...

Operator? Information...Gimme Jesus on the Line

I thought I'd post a little exchange I had with DK, a staunch atheist. My responses in red. There is plenty of credible evidence for God. What evidence would that...

Pick Your Paradigm

FROM LIZA John, you're stuck in the Past Paradigm (The Medieval Paradigm): Past Paradigm: (The Medieval Paradigm) The Earth is flat The Sun revolves around the Earth Elements are Fire,...

A Matter of Perspective

FROM LESLEE In my opinion: It's the basic difference between traditional Eastern and Western perspectives about God, the universe, the divine. Generally, in Western religious perspective, you reap what you...

Polly Wants a Bible

FROM FRANK John, I can understand the allure of having other people, even a bunch of centuries-dead ones, do my thinking for me. After all, doing one's own thinking involves...

Homeschool Cage Fight

NOTE: As a past homeschooler, I've talked with lots of people about homeschooling. It often raises a lot of antagonism, even hatred in the people I talk with, and they...

Bible Questions

NOTE: I received a long message, so I'm answering in chunks. My answers are in red. FROM LEAH John, I don't think that you and I will agree upon the...

The Second Death

FROM CARLOTTA Recently, I heard someone jokingly ask a man why he would go to the trouble of a second birth to get right with God. The man said, "Because...

All Gods are the Same

Note: This is a long post, so I'm responding in chunks. My responses in red. This will be the last update on my site for the year - gonna take a little holiday...

The Rasping Caress

Note: I spent about 12 years of my life ignoring God, but then something happened that I couldn't ignore: the birth of my son. I view that event as the...

Damn that Fig Tree!

FROM LEAH Mat 21:19b ...and the fig tree withered at once. Mark 11:20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots....

A Sanitized Horror, Part II

Trent and Lizzie's Right to Die question put in my mind another question: what enabled that legislation to pass? Forty years ago, suicide legislation was unthinkable, but then a judicial decision got the...

A Sanitized Horror

FROM TRENT AND LIZZIE We were discussing a 29 year old girl that recently took her life under the Right to Die Act in Colorado. She was diagnosed with a brain...

Hope for Horrible People

I've thought about becoming a Christian before, but I don't think I could ever do it. I have done so many bad things in my life, even to my own...

War and Peace

FROM CATCALL Is your god a god of war or peace? Contradiction! EXO 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. ROM 15:33 Now the...

How Did Judas Die?

FROM COOTER If this isn't a contradiction, I don't know what is. How could Judas die of both hanging and a fall? Judas died how? "And he cast down the...

Incest and Marrying Your Brother's Wife

FROM LILY How can you believe every word of the Bible when there are so many contradictions? 50. Marriage or cohabitation with a sister denounced Deut 27:22/ Lev 20:17 Abraham...

What Does "Made in the Image of God" Mean?

FROM KITTY What do you think "made in the image of God" means? RESPONSE I think it means that what we are reflects to a small degree what God is. I...

Man then Veggies or Veggies then Man?

FROM CAT OK, I'm going to make this real simple for you. First creation account: Gen. 1:11a-31 – And God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed,...

Does God Tempt?

FROM JAMES God tempts/does not tempt? Seems pretty contradictory to me. "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham." (GEN 22:1) "Let no man say...