The Sutherland Springs Massacre and a Recent Post by Marshall Segal at Desiring God about God Causing Pain. Did God bring about the Shooting in Texas? Is God the Source of Evil?

A recent post at Desiring God Ministries caught my attention. The post by Marshall Segal dealt with how God causes pain. I layer that post over the recent shootings at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas to ask the following questions. Did God bring this shooting about because members of First Baptist were in sin? Was this God’s effort to get people to repent and return to him? Was Devin Patrick Kelly serving the Lord when he went on a massacre? This post illustrates how Neo-Calvinism makes the problem of evil worse and why atheism can be healthier in many situations.  Continue reading

Challenging a Misperception Among Many Evangelicals; Can you be Good Without God?

Brandon Withrow in the Daily Beast wrote an article that asked, can you be good without God? While the article illustrates the issue of discrimination against atheists I want to focus on evangelical theology. Do you need God to be good? What about the many churches I have written about that contain disturbing stories of criminal allegations? If you need God for a transformed life then how is that explained?  Continue reading

How the Sovereign Grace Ministry Child Sex Abuse Scandal Makes the Nashville Statement Worthless

A look at the Nashville Statement and how it was made worthless by the Sovereign Grace Ministries child sex abuse scandal. This looks at the Nashville Statement briefly and asks the question, how could C.J. Mahaney sign such a statement? So being gay or certain forms of sexual activity is sin; yet the alleged cover-up of the rape of a child is fine? Plus the timing of the statement was really awful considering Hurricane Harvey and the Neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, VirginiaContinue reading

When Evangelical Christians are Silent on Corruption Because They Believe God is Honored; and Why the Church Should Intervene and When Atheists are Validated

Tackling the issue of when Christians are silent on corruption. What happens when Christians choose to look away and not do the right thing. Why the world sees through their behavior. I write about this after watching the shifting polity at McLean Bible here in the Washington, D.C. area. When people are silent on abuse or unethical situations then in time they became enablers. Its hard to speak up yes, I did it both with Redeemer Arlington and Fairfax Community Church. But one must speak up in the end.  Continue reading

Recommended Read: Valerie Tarico in Raw Story on Why Evangelicals in the United States Think they are Persecuted

A recommended read by Valerie Tarico that looks at why conservative evangelicals in the United States believe they are being persecuted. Valerie who writes a lot of atheist pieces compares what evangelical Christians in the United States are going through and compares that with Christians in places like Syria or elsewhere. In the process Valerie raises other problems with the evangelical mindset.  Continue reading