Chatting with an atheist

  I took a vow for Lent that I would not get into political arguments. I didn’t, however, promise not to aggravate people in religious discussions. A few days ago, I ran across an article—written by an atheist—that said “we must offend religion more.” Naturally, I clicked on an article with that phrase in the title. The idea is that atheists should get more confrontational … Continue reading Chatting with an atheist

The evil evangelist

ratch0013/freedigitalphotos.net Yesterday, I wrote a piece about looking for evil. I wasn’t sure when I started where I was going with it (sort of like now) but it ended up as a commentary on negativity. I have a low tolerance for people who seek evil—people who look for the bad in a situation. As I wrote, there are victims, pessimists, and defeatists. Negativity can be … Continue reading The evil evangelist

If you look for evil

Negativity can ruin your life. It can skew your view of others, lower your expectations, and blind you to blessings. Proverbs 11:27 says “if you search for good, you will find favor. If you search for evil, it will find you.” There is suffering in life. We are made stronger by our struggles but the things we struggle against can also become stronger against us … Continue reading If you look for evil

The wedding at Cana

Early in his ministry—he’d only been ordained by his baptism shortly beforehand—Jesus was invited to a wedding in Cana. The account is only recorded in the second chapter of John but it is significant for being the first sign, according to John, about the purpose of his ministry. We are not told whose wedding is taking place in the story but, at some point, Mary … Continue reading The wedding at Cana