Today’s Modern Translation

WritingI’m going to create a new version of the Bible. Not only is the language outdated in most versions, but much of it just doesn’t mesh with our modern society.

Removing content that modern science knows is not correct is a high priority.  Everyone knows now that life on Earth evolved and wasn’t created in seven days. We also know that our sexual preferences are hard wired in our brains. It’s all scientific fact. It’s ridiculous to think our scientists could be wrong, so we’ll just remove anything they disagree with. [Read more…]

By God’s Grace I Will

Windmills of La Mancha

photo by Casey Fox

I was reading a Facebook post recently and the question was asked whether it’s right for Christians to impose their beliefs on others. The question was specifically addressing homosexuals and marriage, but it really can apply to so many more situations than just that.

Well, my answer is yes, I believe it is right. It’s not a popular answer. It’s definitely not politically correct. It is none the less my belief. I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. I believe He is the One and Only True God. He is the only One that holds the Truth and no one else does. I believe that someday, that belief will be confirmed for all to see.

Because of that belief, I MUST stand by what I believe to be right and true. And because I believe it, and because I truly care about others, I cannot stand idly by and just let them continue on with what I know to be a dangerous path. [Read more…]

Who Makes the List?

Sign listing disputed individual rightsSo there’s been this sign being shared on Facebook lately. On the surface, I think a lot of people agree with the sentiment. It’s pretty easy to say “yeah, well I choose not to drink, but it’s okay if someone else does”. Same thing for several items on the list.

But here’s the question… who has the right to decide what’s on the list and what’s not. Sure it’s easy to come up with a list that everyone can agree with. The real question is what about what’s not on the list?

What if I choose to add “Don’t like child porn? Don’t watch it”. Or “Don’t like theft? Don’t steal anything”. Or maybe “Don’t like murder? Don’t kill anyone”. Those rights have been taken away from us haven’t they? [Read more…]

This Year Is Going To Suck!

Welcome 2012

Photo by Ludie Cochrane

I’ve seen so many posts on Facebook to the effect of “I hope this year is better than last year”. Well, I’ve got news for you. This year is probably going to suck. That is, unless you have a plan to make it better than last year. You shouldn’t be depending on luck, or fate to determine how your year is going to go.

If you just let life happen TO you, then you’ll never be happy with what you get. On the other hand, if you have goals and a plan, then regardless of what happens along the way, you will still find satisfaction because you are happening TO life instead of it happening to you. [Read more…]

Double It!

Walking down a dusty road

photo by Kate Boydell

In church, we’ve been in a series from the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5. This week, part of the discussion involved verse 41. This is the verse that states in the NIV “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

This verse is part of the discussion that also includes turning the other cheek when someone wrongs you. On the surface, we understand what these verses are telling us. We must go above and beyond when we are wronged in order to show kindness to those that are oppressing us.

This is one verse however, where an understanding of the the time period is helpful. [Read more…]