Monday, June 19, 2017

Should Christian Music Swear?

I received this question a little while ago from a friend, and I have to admit, I was taken off guard. I don’t follow the Christian music industry at all closely, so I didn’t know this was a thing. But from what I found out, it seems every year or two a Christian band will come out with a song that includes profanity. There will be a heated debate for a little while, which is then forgotten until another group does the same thing and the cycle starts again.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

When Does a Past Life Begin?

Possibly you have already come across this story from a few days ago. It describes a piece of “performance art” conducted by a group of abortion-rights activists in Argentina during International Women’s Day protests. The protesters performed a faux-abortion on a woman dressed to represent the Virgin Mary. They called it an attack on “patriarchy” and “forced heterosexuality,” but it was obviously an assault on Jesus Christ above all.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Who Should Do Ministry?

For anyone who might not know, while working on Quest Forums, I am also a seminary student. Right now, I am in a class focusing on the book of Ephesians. Obviously, there is a lot of good stuff in there. But one thing in particular has me thinking, because of how it ties into the ministry I have been trying to get off the ground. It boils down to, how should we understand Eph. 4:11–13?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Who Is Our King?

As I sat down to write this, I knew I was running a risk. Donald Trump is a very polarizing person, and some people are dedicated to seeing him as either savior or tyrant. And though I am on record as having a negative view of him, I do not fall into either of those extremes. Therefore, neither side is likely to be totally happy with what I am about to say, and that could lead to anger. On top of that, the warning I am trying to give could also be turned back on me, if a time comes when I am guilty of hero worship or fear mongering.

Friday, January 13, 2017

What is the Rapture?

A little while ago, I was asked to discuss the concept of the Rapture in one of these articles. It is fairly difficult to do that, not because of how little there is to say but because of how much. My writing is already a bit long for the internet, but discussing the Rapture fully (if such a thing is possible) would take a book. I cannot do that at the moment. Nor can I ask you to read it off a webpage. Instead, I am going to go the opposite direction and attempt to hit the high notes. Oftentimes, I try to give at least some insight on or description of positions with which I disagree on a debatable issue. Today, suffice it to say there is a debate, and what I say here is simply my side of it.

Friday, January 6, 2017

What, Me, Worry?

A few weeks ago while I was preparing my article about the wise men of Matthew 1, I did some research into the Zoroastrian religion. It was nothing in-depth, merely enough for identification purposes, but I read something in passing that got me thinking. So this week, I want to do a little comparative religion.