Category: questions


Tooley, the United Methodist?: @TheIRD Prez Takes Aim At Moderation, Tolerance in Wake of Libyan Slaughter

  Mark Tooley carelessly criticizes caring Christians for cheap political and theological points, any chance he gets. Por ejemplo… Tooley’s latest screed was published by the American Spectator, and is a mush of attacks on conservative UM seminary deans, ecumenical group leaders and…”liberal religionists?”  Whatever that is… He even mentioned Terry Jones, the Florida pastor

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SERMON from 5-27-12: “Questions My Neighbor Asked Me: If God is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen?”

Proverbs 3:5-8   5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Jesus and Christmas

Here’s the latest installment of my series of conversations with the AI program Cleverbot. As always, it devolved into a conversation about Cleverbot being defensive about being a computer–not a human. However, we do have a little discussion about how Jesus would feel about our observance of the Christmas holiday. User: Would Jesus approve of

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables?

The return of Conversations With Cleverbot! This week, Cleverbot refuses to answer questions about Jesus’ preferred teaching style. User: Why did Jesus teach in parables? Cleverbot: I don’t believe in Jesus, I’m jewish. User: Well, historians believe he existed. Cleverbot: But you don’t believe in him? User: Yes, I do. You don’t have to believe

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Conversations with Cleverbot: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Here is the brief conversation I had with Cleverbot over the issue of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (I am writing under the name “User”): User: What is penal substutionary atonement? Cleverbot: It’s a stone isn’t it. User: No, it’s the theory that Jesus had to die on the cross as punishment for our sins–forgiving us in

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Another “National Back to Church Sunday” Promo Video

Here is another promotional video from the national company behind the “National Back to Church Sunday” effort. I don’t know how I feel about the kind of commercialization which they have attempted to put into this good idea, but a good idea is a good idea. Also, see a press release about NB2CS here.

SERMON from 8-7-11: “What If…”

Having injured my pinky in a zucchini-slicing incident late in the week last week, I could not finish my sermon last week. So, I decided to present one of my favorite story sermons instead. To give credit where credit is due, it is from a book called Dinner with Jesus: and Other Left-handed Story-sermons by

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Where Do You Go For Religious News?

I have told you of my preference for the Religion section of The Huffington Post, but I want to know about other places to get news of a religious bent. A blogger such as myself needs to have a plethora of sources from which to glean content. I NEED YOUR HELP! Leave your comments, suggestions

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My Newsletter Article for June 2011

I will be posting my newsletter article each month. Some of it will be specific to the Kewanna UMC, but much of it will be of universal application. Do enjoy! How do we get more people here? There are plenty of people ready and willing to help you answer that question–most of whom are trying

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@spookypastor & doubt

I read a great article from @spookypastor–a Huffington Post Religion contributor–on faith and doubt. I have always thought doubt was a welcome companion to faith. Rev. Jonathan Weyer ends his argument with this: As I read through the biblical discussion of doubt, I realized how much the Bible really does describe reality, especially the reality

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