Annihilationism and Atheism: An Interesting Correlation

For the past week or so, I’ve been privately debating (via email, with some “listeners”) an advocate of annihilationism, an alternate belief to traditional views of hell and eternal punishment, contending that unbelievers are “annihilated” or extinct upon judgment. Hell is not eternal, they say, and neither is punishment, though the outcome of punishment mayContinue reading “Annihilationism and Atheism: An Interesting Correlation”

Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories

In recent times, the construct of “religion vs relationship” has been widely and commonly accepted among evangelical Christians. A good example of this is the YouTube video by Jefferson Bethke that went completely viral about a year ago, called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” (this post isn’t about him, as he’s made clear of hisContinue reading “Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories”

“Abba” Means “Daddy” in Aramaic: Preaching Point or Possible Projection?

I’ve often heard from well-meaning preachers that the Aramaic word “abba” is equivalent to the English word “daddy,” because it conveys an intimate, child-like relationship when used. So when Jesus prays to the Father, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you” (Mark 14:36), it is assumed that the Son is using intimate language withContinue reading ““Abba” Means “Daddy” in Aramaic: Preaching Point or Possible Projection?”

Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge: Fine Distinctions or False Dichotomies?

It is commonly assumed that there are two kinds of knowledge when it comes to the Christian faith: head knowledge and heart knowledge. “Head knowledge” is often associated with knowledge limited to the level of information, without any practical implications or impact in someone’s life. On the other hand, “heart knowledge” is associated with thatContinue reading “Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge: Fine Distinctions or False Dichotomies?”

Trials as Tests: Why God Allows Suffering Sometimes

Job is one of the most intriguing books in the Bible. Think about it: Job was this super-righteous man whom God was able to brag to Satan about. Do you think your life is such that God would brag to Satan about how righteous you are? Those are some tough shoes to wear. But then, all of aContinue reading “Trials as Tests: Why God Allows Suffering Sometimes”

Reading as a Primary Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Last time, I wrote briefly on what spiritual warfare really entails: our minds. To clarify, I’m referring to our minds as the instrument we use to think, discern, evaluate, ponder, contemplate, believe, and even know. It is the vehicle which we contains our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. It is not diametrically opposed to the heart,Continue reading “Reading as a Primary Weapon for Spiritual Warfare”

Spiritual Warfare and 2 Cor 10:4-6: Weapons of Destruction

Recently I was asked a question regarding spiritual warfare, specifically about something someone said and what the Bible says about it (can I be any more vague?). Specifically, this person was told to pray over various rooms in the house to be protected from demons and Satan, and they (nowadays “they” is used as an ambiguousContinue reading “Spiritual Warfare and 2 Cor 10:4-6: Weapons of Destruction”

Should I Give Money to the Homeless Guy so He Could Buy Booze and Drugs?

I was walking around Venice Beach years ago on a Saturday afternoon, where the strand was busy with all sorts of “interesting” people. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean. I noticed one guy particularly on this occasion, sitting on the ground against a building–it looked like he may have been homeless–whoContinue reading “Should I Give Money to the Homeless Guy so He Could Buy Booze and Drugs?”

Christians and Tipping: Glorifying God at the Restaurant

For a helpful blog post on Christians and tipping, read this by Trevin Wax. I used to work as a server in a restaurant for a number of years, helping to pay my way through school. For those who’ve worked in a restaurant, particularly as a server, you get to see what people are really like, and especiallyContinue reading “Christians and Tipping: Glorifying God at the Restaurant”

The H-Word: Hypocrisy

Many people (subconsciously) consider perfection to be the opposite of hypocrisy. In other words, if you are imperfect, you are a hypocrite. For example, someone once told me that she felt guilty about going to church on Sunday because she had been partying Saturday night and didn’t want to feel like a hypocrite. Others wouldContinue reading “The H-Word: Hypocrisy”