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Things to Think About   

This is where we hope to post articles and similar resources to use as study or discussion guides.  We’ll be starting with some articles that we wrote long ago for various reasons and audiences, in no particular sequence.  So if you see something that gets you thinking or makes you uncomfortable, even if you disagree, we hope you keep thinking (not to mention praying) about important ideas and values.

The articles we’ve had a chance to post so far are:

  • The Inevitable Husband: The Myth and the Danger - a guest article by a single Christian woman addressing the popular but unBiblical “you need to live for Jesus so you get a good husband” teaching.
  • What is a Creed? - Did early Christians really believe what we say they believed?  
  • What is a Fundamentalist? - A word that used to more or less mean “believes the Apostles’ Creed” has come to mean a lot of other things, and the way popular culture uses the term is not always flattering.
  • Is the Old Testament a Hoax? - Some folks who eager to make a name for themselves in academic circles once hypothesized that almost the entire Old Testament is a hoax, assembled many centuries after the “eyewitness” events it ostensibly describes by several unknown authors who could be alternately brilliant beyond belief and stupid beyond belief.  Though this theory has long since been proven unlikely (to say the least), it is still taught in liberal seminaries today and published as fact in many reference works.  You may believe it yourself. 
  • Was There a Fall? - Folks inside and outside the church believe that if the story of Adam and Eve is not literally true, then the notion of humankind needing redemption is also a myth.  But we live in a world that deluges us with evidence to the contrary every day.
  • What is a Shibboleth? - Do you hate when people shut you out of their fellowship because of some cultural or theological glitch that has nothing to do with your faith or devotion?  Do you do the same thing to others because you don’t know the difference between truths worth dying for and flakey pet theories that someone you trusted drove into your head?
  • Sometimes People Close the Doors.  When you try something that doesn’t work out, folks will sometimes tell you “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”  They’re really just trying to tell you that something else, and maybe something better will come along.  Please don’t imagine that God closes every door though.  Sometimes people close the doors, and the last thing you should do is take such setbacks as a sign that you misunderstood God’s will.
  • Do you have a Spirit of Rebellion?  - This one-size-fits-all “diagnosis” is the favorite control mechanism of many sects and cults.  But is that phrase even meaningful?
  • Is It a Sin to Change Churches?  - The teaching that church membership is as binding as, say, a marriage vow, is self-serving, unBiblical, and harmful.  Ask the person who tells you that it’s a sin to change churches if it was a sin when you left your old church to come to his, and watch him backpedal.  Read more.
  • Is “Bloom Where You’re Planted” a Universal Principle? - Are you preparing for some Christian service that you feel God has called you to, but you belong to a church where there are few opportunities to serve and the leadership keeps finding reasons for not entrusting you with any meaningful ministry or commission?  Or are you whining with Anakin Skywalker “Obi Wan is holding me back?”
  • “What does “Once Saved Always Saved” Really Mean? - Maybe you're a non-Baptist who is curious why Baptists are so committed to this one tenet.  Maybe you're a Baptist who wonders why every Christian doesn't understand how important this is to you.  Either way, a look at some historical events and trends that brought the Baptist movement to where it is today should shed some light on the subject.
  • Thoughts about “Decoding” the Bible - Ways to study the Bible to get more out of it.
  • Who was Voltaire and Why Does He Matter to Christians? - Did you know that most of the so-called “telling” arguments against Christianity are really centuries old and have been countered and disproven many times?  But they still keep coming up because their source - Voltaire, just makes them all seem so clever and fresh.
  • Does Evolution Disprove the Bible? - Even if you could prove that mankind descended from some “lower form” of life, that would only prove that the first several pages of the Bible are more metaphorical than we thought.  Would it really disprove the existence of God or His operations throughout history?

In our “Thinking about Music” section, you’ll find some more thought-provoking articles, including:

At any given time, we usually have several more articles in the works, so stay tuned. :-)


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