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  1. Should Christians Gamble?
    22 Nov, 2017
    Should Christians Gamble?
    I can see the appeal of gambling. Most of us could some extra cash to pay bills, buy groceries. With Christmas just around the corner, it would be nice to be able to buy our children some nice Christmas gifts. Of course, if temptation wasn't appealing, it wouldn't be tempting, would it? It's hard to come right out and say that gambling is sinful. The Bible doesn't mention it specifically. However, I think we can use Biblical principles to come to a conclusion on whether or not Christians should
  2. Why do the wicked prosper, psalms, Walking in the Faith
    05 Nov, 2017
    Why Do The Wicked Prosper?
    We often hear the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" But what about the reverse: "Why do good things happen to bad people?" Many of us can relate to Asaph, a Levite who was one of those whose job it was to make music to the Lord, according to 2 Chronicles 5:12. He is the author of about a dozen psalms in the Bible. One of these is Psalm 73. Asaph begins by lamenting:  Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!  But as for me, my feet came close to
  3. bible, study, prayer, Walking in the Faith
    30 Oct, 2017
    Thoughts, Prayers, and...?
    We’ve all seen the comments on social media. People are going through a rough time. Someone they loved passed away, they lost their job, a fire destroyed their home, or any number of terrible things. Then we get the comments, “My thoughts and prayers are with you.” Next come the inevitable comments from atheists about how useless thoughts and prayers are and that people should be helping in more tangible ways. Well, they’re half right. I have nothing against prayer. I think it’s a powerful
  4. Christianity, Gossip, Rumours, Bible Study, Walking in the Faith
    19 Oct, 2017
    Christians and Gossip
    We've all seen the posts on Facebook or other social media. A picture of some guy we've never met or seen before, looking as though he wants to jump out of the photo and beat everyone to a bloody pulp. Next to him is another photo of a battered child or animal. The caption on these photos informs us that the guy in the first photo beat the child or animal in the second and that we should all share the post to let everyone know what a terrible human being he is. Now, maybe this guy did do what
  5. old testament, new testament, Jesus, Deity of Christ, Walking in the Faith
    14 Oct, 2017
    Meet the New God, Same as the Old God
    I used to belong to a lot of different Facebook groups, mainly Christian groups. When I first started getting into Facebook debates about Christianity, I found it helpful to be able to solicit people in the group for help if I got stuck. As it turns out, the question I got asked the most by atheists is regarding the slaughter of the Canaanites, slavery, and generally anything people thought made the Old Testament God look like a bully. Now, I've read some books on the subject (Paul Copan's Is
  6. Rachael Harder, tolerance, liberals, Walking in the Faith
    06 Oct, 2017
    Liberal Tolerance Take 2
    Let's say I owned a business and I was looking to hire someone. Now, if a young woman came in for an interview, and I somehow discovered she and I didn't share the same views on abortion so I refused to hire her, how would you react? Well, if you're a non-Christian, I would expect you to say that it's discriminatory and that a person's political or religious beliefs should have no bearing on how well they can do a job. If you're a Christian, I would expect you to say the same things, save to
  7. Tragedy, Politics, Thoughts, Walking in the Faith
    04 Oct, 2017
    A Thought on Recent Tragedies
    Recently, in the space of about a week, there were three attacks in North America that I'm aware of. On September 24th, a church in Nashville, Tennessee was shot up. 7 people were injured and one died. On Sept 30th, in Edmonton, Alberta, a man hit a police officer with his car before stabbing him, later that evening, the assailant injured 4 more people while trying to elude the police. Thankfully, the police officer and others all survived. On October 1st, a man fired on a crowd of 22,000
  8. science vs religion, Walking in the Faith
    15 Jun, 2017
    Science vs Religion
    Yesterday morning, I saw an ad show up on my Facebook feed. It was a T-shirt that read: "HERE'S A LIST OF TEN SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES THAT WERE LATER PROVEN WRONG BY RELIGION." It then goes on to list numbers 1-10, leaving them all blank. Now, I'm sure a few atheists got a chuckle out of this and this only firmed up their belief (or lack of belief, as many atheists will correct me on this) that science trumps religion, thus proving the non-existence of God. So, let me explain why this is a false
  9. Tolerance, Liberals, Walking in the Faith
    05 Jan, 2017
    Liberal Tolerance
    DISCLAIMER: I don't normally post content that can be considered vulgar, however since I am commenting directly to this video, I felt it only fair that I should link to it so people can see what I am commenting on. If you are at work, your kids are around, or you are offended by cursing or some sexual language, do NOT watch the video. As I said, I am only linking to it in the interest of fairness. DISCLAIMER #2: I am not a Trump supporter. I don't like Trump. I don't think he is representative
  10. Scrooge, Christmas, Walking in the Faith
    27 Dec, 2016
    Unscrooged?
    Christmas was 2 days ago and I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I know I did. Over the past several years, I've become known as a bit of a scrooge. As soon as the Christmas displays go up and stores start playing Christmas music, I would start to get grumpy. And it only got worse from there. I avoid the malls during the months of November and December. I hate walking through the crowds, getting rammed by carts by people who are in too much of a hurry to notice or care that there are
  11. Preston Sprinkle, A People To Be Loved, Book Review, Walking in the Faith
    20 Sep, 2016
    A Review of: A People To Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle
    Last night, I finished reading the book A People to Be Loved_ Why Homosexuality is Not Just An Issue by Preston Sprinkle. I've been listening to Preston's podcast, Theology in the Raw, for a few months and I enjoy it, so I was excited to finally delve into one on his books. I must say, I wasn't disappointed. Preston's commitment to finding out what the Bible says about a specific topic is to be commended and we need more Christians who are willing to check their biases at the door and say,
  12. love, cross, walking in the faith, bible study
    04 Aug, 2016
    What Is Love?
    If you're like me, immediately after reading the title of this post, the line "Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more" popped into your head. I'll admit, I may have done that on purpose. But it is an appropriate title, since today I want to examine the Biblical concept of love, which is a pretty huge topic since it is mentioned 348 in the New American Standard Bible (regular readers should know this is my favourite version since it's the only one I quote from in the posts). So what does the
  13. Andy Bannister, Apologetics, Atheism, The Atheist Who didn't Exist, Book Review, Walking in the Fait
    03 Aug, 2016
    Andy Bannister's The Atheist Who Didn't Exist
    I've decided that as part of this blog, I'm going to discuss certain resources I find that deal with apologetics, the Bible, Christian living, prayer, or anything else I tend to post about. First up is a book I just finished reading, The Atheist Who Didn't Exist, by Andy Bannister. I loved this book. Bannister has his PhD and is very intelligent, but the book is written in a conversational tone that makes it easy to read without feeling like you're reading. A lot of scholarly literature can be
  14. gospel, salvation, Walking in the Faith
    02 Aug, 2016
    What About Those Who Cannot Accept the Gospel?
    Unfortunately, the Bible is not always as black and white as we would like it to be on certain issues. I believe the Bible is clear on what Hank Hanegraaff would call "the main and plain" things, such as sin, salvation, the nature of God, etc. However, there are topics the Bible doesn't touch on, leaving Christians with questions to which we may not have a clear answer. I have a step-son who is seven but, mentally, he's about a year and half old. There is a possibility this will be his mental
  15. God, Existence, Proof, Walking in the Faith
    27 Jul, 2016
    Why Doesn't God Appear to Everyone to Prove He Exists?
    Last night, my fiancée and I were watching some videos on YouTube by the Bible Project. If you don't know what this is, it's a group dedicated to making videos that give a brief description of every book of the Bible and trace a common theme from Genesis to Revelation. The videos were very interesting, so we watched a few. We started with Genesis and made our way through Judges. Apparently, some of the Bible stories brought up some questions in my fiancée's mind. She was not familiar with a lot
  16. Forgiveness, Bible Study, Walking in the Faith
    21 Jul, 2016
    What About Forgiveness?
    For me, forgiveness is one of the hardest things about being a Christian. There are people in my life that make it difficult for me to forgive them and, to be honest, I feel like I would be perfectly happy going through life staying angry with them. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either. Are there people in your life you haven’t forgiven? What does it mean to forgive? That is what we are going to look at today: Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against
  17. Christian Unity, Heresy, Walking in the Faith
    04 Jul, 2016
    The "H" Word
    I try not to use the word heresy very often. I think it's a term that is overused by many over a difference of opinion on a minor issue and not something that is essential to the Christian faith. Now, let's be honest. Christians don't always agree. This is why we have so many different denominations. Having so many denominations is often used against Christians by atheists. I had one particularly antagonistic atheist once tell me that Christianity cannot possibly be true because if there are
  18. apologetics, atheism, church, walking in the faith
    04 Jul, 2016
    Why The Church Should Be Teaching Apologetics
    Quick poll: Have you ever heard a Christian utter the following statements? "God put fossils there to test our faith." "The devil put fossils there to trick us." "If man came from apes, why are there still apes?" (I actually heard Stephen Baldwin say this one) "God works in mysterious ways." Or have you ever seen the "deer caught in headlights" look on some Christians' faces when asked questions like: "If there is a God, why does He allow evil?" "How can you believe a book that has so
  19. Pluralism, Apologetics, Walking in the Faith
    08 Jan, 2016
    Is God An Elephant?
    Some of you may have heard the parable that inspired the above image. It's the parable of six blind men (or blindfolded, depending on who's telling the story), each touching a different part of an elephant. One touches the elephant's ear and thinks it's a fan. Another touches the elephant's tusk and thinks it's a spear. The one who touches the elephant's tale, think it's a rope.  A fourth touches the elephant's leg and thinks it's a tree. The fifth touches the elephants trunk and thinks it's a
  20. Moses, Commandments, Christianity, Rules, Walking in the Faith
    05 Jan, 2016
    Does Christianity Have Rules?
    I got to thinking about this issue last summer when I was engaged in a dialogue with a woman. This woman and her family attend a few Christian churches every week, and she goes to a woman's Bible Study and basically makes her presence known at whatever Christian event she can to show everyone what godly woman she is. I know. I'm coming off as judgmental and there's a reason for that. The topic of this discussion was the woman in question bringing her children to an event that would be

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