Tonight’s the big event that I’ve been dreading since it was announced: Bill Nye (The Science Guy on TV) vs. Ken Ham (renowned Young Earth Creationist) debating Evolution versus Creation (watch live here or on Bill Nye’s site that I linked to above).
I didn’t write as much as I would like this year. Not apologizing to my individual reader about that, just making a factual statement. Anyway, here is my top five: three from this year, and two top rankers.
- My examination of the Pearl Method topped the charts due to a trial conviction. Hopefully parents will stop using this abusive, theologically flawed, and biblically shallow method.
- The question of Christians rejoicing over the death of the wicked continues to be a top-linker.
- Sometimes Christians have pat answers to questions and these take some teasing out. Here I tried to answer the question “Should Christians ever be afraid?”
- I don’t own a gun and (most likely) never will. In fact, for my situation, I don’t think I should have a gun. But the question of Christian supporting guns is more difficult than at first blush.
- I was (and am) incensed by the monster Kermit Gosnell and even though he plead out from the death penalty and got life instead, I would hope that the contents of this case are emblazoned in the minds of people—especially Christians.
And as a bonus here is a link to a picture of a mean burger I made this year. Caramelized onions, angus beef, four cheese, lettuce, tomato, everything bread with garlic butter. Boo yah.
The rhythm is often off since I haven’t sat down with it as much as I would like. It’s not even finished, really, and I wouldn’t be surprised if thousands of people have already undertaken to do the same. After all, Edgar Allen Poe was a genius and Clement Clarke Moore’s poem lies close to the modern practices. Ah well, at least it’s good for a laugh: “T’was The Night Before Christmas to The Tune of The Raven”.
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
This saying, a proverb, highlights a problem that was happening 2500 years ago and is still happening today: people mis-diagnose relationships.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that the proverb is a rule about all relationships. To understand the saying, you have to understand how proverbs work.
A proverb is like key that you use on a specific door. You can’t apply them for every single situation. So that makes the Book of Proverbs like a huge keychain with a bunch of keys. You have to find the right situation to apply the saying.
This is why sometimes they sound (but are not really) contradictory.
For instance: Proverbs 26:4 says “Don’t answer a fool according to his folly” while Proverbs 26:5 says “Answer a fool according to his folly”!
This is one of those questions that, at first blush, have an easy answer. Some folk might automatically say, “Yes, surely God hears sinners. God loves his children!” Others might respond “Of course not: God is holy!”
The question “Does God hear sinners” is actually very complex not because of the terms (we’ll look at that in a second), or hidden assumptions in the question, but because of the unknown baggage carried in by the questioner. Who knows what’s the theological ideas behind it and, nowadays, theological common ground can’t be assumed.
All that being the case, I want to look at the large network of ideas that undergird this issue by addressing it in at least three levels: philosophically, Biblically, and theologically.