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How Thomas Gets A Raw Deal

Doubting Thomas

Read John 11:7-16.

Last post from the book of John we looked at, what it looks like, when God doesn’t make sense. The post from the book of John before that one, we looked at how Martha gets a raw deal. Today we’re going to look at the record of another person in the Bible and how he gets a raw deal. Today we’re going to look at “Doubting Thomas.”

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So You Doubt

DoubtDo you have doubts? Or do you know someone who doubts? If you do, this blog post is written for you.

A Christian Leader Who Doubts

Today I was reading about a Christian leader who has doubts. It’s inherent in his personality. He second guesses himself about everything, even small things. It’s his nature to want to get everything right. He likes to avoid mistakes. So he has this part of him that wells up inside and questions. He has even doubted his faith in Jesus. That’s kind of amazing because he’s a big player in Christian circles, yet he’s struggled with serious doubts about his faith. Read More

Upon One Who Is Chilled

Inspiration for this short passage of fiction was drawn mainly from three different sources: James Joyce’s famous short story, The DeadLuke 11:5-13, and my and Kathy’s personal experiences caring for mom during the last nine months of her battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Some readers try to read too much into a work of fiction such as the one found below. I thank you in advance for not being one of those readers. (Did I mention–it’s fiction.) Read More

Is Jesus God? (After all, he said, “Before Abraham Was, I Am”)

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Who is Jesus?

Read John 8:46-59.

 

Who Is Julius Caesar?

According to Plutarch of Chaeronea, seventy five years or so before Jesus was born, Julius Caesar was sailing on the Aegean Sea when he was kidnapped by pirates. They demanded a ransom of 20 talents of silver (about 350,000 in today’s U.S. dollars) but Caesar laughed at the amount. He realized they didn’t recognize who he was and insisted that the pirates require 50 talents instead of 20 (about 880,000 in USD). When they heard that, I imagine these pirates saying to Caesar: “Who do you think you are?”

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Senna Part 2–Teach us to number our days: Psalm 90:12

Ayrton Senna bible verse

(From the archives.)

The story of Formula 1 race car driver, Ayrton Senna is so compelling that I couldn’t help but write this post to let you know how the whole thing ended. After his victory over his rival Alain Prost (see post on Genesis 33 to read Part 1 of Senna’s story) he went on to win two more world championships. Ayrton Senna was a flawed man, yet greatly loved in his native Brazil, and around the world, for his humble, unassuming nature. In an interview after winning his third world title, Senna talked about how he was happiest when he was learning and improving as a driver, and also as a man. At the end of the interview he made this comment:

“There is a lot to go, a lot to learn, a lot to live, but I have plenty of time.”

I don’t know anything about Ayrton Senna’s beliefs or theology, but I do know that shortly after that interview, on Sunday, May 1, 1994, the morning of the San Marino Grand Prix, Senna woke up and asked God to talk to him. He opened his Bible to a verse that, according to his sister, said Read More

Christians Behaving Badly: John 6:66-71

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Stained glass depicting Judas turning away from the Last Supper, Moulins Cathedral, France

(Read John 6:66-6:71)

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.”

I’m currently reading Joshua Ryan Butler’s excellent book, The Skeletons in God’s ClosetIn chapter seven, Butler tells the story of a friend of his named Jeremiah. He was a Native American, much older than Butler, and he hated Christianity. As their friendship grew Jeremiah shared with Butler the reasons why. Read More

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