Jesus rebuked church leadership for being tolerant of certain people who, being members of their church, were leading people astray into idol worship and sexual sin.
On the other hand, Jesus taught us to love all people… ESPECIALLY our enemies (and most enemies are intolerable).
So, we are called to be both tolerant and intolerant? Continue Reading
In recent years TED talks have taken the world by storm. It is incredible that one person sharing an idea with passion has become so popular amongst our CGI drenched and social-media addicted world.
TED Talks (short for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are relatively short talks given by people from all walks of life. From JJ Abrams to JJ Krosoczka (no, I hadn't heard of him either), all of which have one thing in common: a passion for the subject they are talking about. These speakers (none of which get paid by the way) talk because they are passionate about their message. They take the opportunity very seriously, putting an enormous amount of time and effort into condensing their life passion into a 15 minute talk.
With this in mind may I ask the following questions… Continue Reading
We read the Bible with a filter of how we see God. To a degree, what we believe about the character of God influences our interpretation of the Scriptures.
It is all too easy to google a Bible verse and use it to validate a theological or doctrinal stance. It is also too easy to take a Bible verse out of context. I could easily mis-quote verses to argue a compelling case for slavery, polygamy, even human sacrifice for example.
We know that God does inflict the wicked with sickness as a judgement. We also know that God can use everything (including sickness) for His glory, but what I’m specifically addressing is: Does God give sickness to His children? Is it part of His perfect will to inflict His kids with infirmities in order to bless them?
I say a passionate NO, and I’ll explain why.