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This nation's savior is only found in the Bible

Posted by Kyle on October 18, 2012

Recently, a presidential candidate made a comment about the budget for public television. In the following days, a rare little video was posted on the Internet as a result. The video shows the late Fred Rogers - better known as Mr. Rogers of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" - defending PBS funding in front of a U.S. Senate committee in 1969, and he said something really important:

"I give an expression of care every day to each child."

The main purpose of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was to make sure each child knew they were valuable and capable. I doubt seriously whether anyone wonders why that is important. The chair of the Senate committee was blown away by its profundity.

At the base of Mr. Rogers' desire to tell children they are valuable, though, stands a simple truth: they are. Not just each child, but each person.

You are inestimably valuable.

Are you ready to give an answer?

Posted by Kyle on October 5, 2012

Pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church in Dallas decided some time ago that he might like to invite some speakers to his church in order to train the congregation there to adequately respond to the claims of a group of popular thinkers commonly known as the new atheists.

The “new atheists” are represented by men such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and the late Christopher Hitchens. They not only reject belief in God, but also advocate rejecting those who believe in God because they claim such belief is irrational and ultimately bad for humankind.

Wagner likened the resultant conference to a pickup game of basketball at which LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan all decided to show up for one Saturday morning. Speakers Ravi Zacharias, William Lane Craig, Greg Kokul and several others in the upper echelon of Christian thinking spent the whole day discussing how trusting in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of the world is reasonable, credible and rational.

Let's talk about sex.

Posted by Kyle on August 30, 2012

When my wife and I started Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” plan, we stopped going out to eat altogether because every meal we ate at home meant we were $20 to $30 closer to being debt-free.

When we had paid off the debt we had accumulated, we began to entertain the idea of going out to eat again. Sometimes. For a special occasion. And we’d split an entree.

Having eaten a remarkably healthy diet of home-cooked food in moderate proportions over the previous nine months, the standard fare of most restaurants was overwhelming. Plates were enormous. Vegetable servings were scant. Rolls were in abundance.

My Own 'Light and Momentary' Troubles

Posted by Kyle on August 2, 2012

I am, right now, sitting in a waiting room at Shannon Hospital.

I work here part time as a chaplain, and I know this room pretty well. I know where the phone will ring when the operating room has an update. I know where to get the coffee. I know where the spare Bibles are.

I have waited in this room before for hours and hours with families who have longed for the phone to ring with news of their loved one. They have needed the coffee to stay awake because they can’t bear to sleep. They have, more than all, needed the Word of God to calm the torrent raging in their heart.

This time is different, though, because I’m the one who’s eager for the phone to ring with news of someone I love dearly. I’m sipping my coffee because it just doesn’t feel right to sleep.

Ask not what your church can do for you

Posted by Kyle on July 7, 2012

I can’t say enough bad things about going to church, and please don’t think you detect sarcasm here. The idea of sticking a bunch of self-avowed sinners and hypocrites into an organization together, each one trying to suck whatever meaning they can out of sitting on uncomfortable pews for an hour a week early on Sunday morning, is really beyond me.

Time has come for $5 words

Posted by Kyle on May 31, 2012

Parousia — just say that nice and slow. Try this one next: soteriology. Words and phrases like hypostatic union, hapax legomina and exegesis just roll off the tongue and make theology a huge pleasure.

You and I are much dumber than God. He even says so. In Isaiah 55:9, God says, "as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."