Category Archives: Problems for Faith

Moving From Debate to Dialogue

I am preparing to lead a discussion on science and Christian faith this fall as part of a group life offering. As our church is located next door to a major research university, this is a topic of significance in … Continue reading

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Abraham, Model of Faith? The Binding of Isaac

One of the hardest stories in the Old Testament comes in Genesis 22. Here God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac – his beloved son of the promise. This passage is next up in our slow walk through … Continue reading

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A Story Carved In Stone

  (Image from Wikipedia: credit) The evidence for an ancient earth – far, far older than the <10,000 year timeline defended in young earth creationism – is abundant and independent of any hypothesis concerning the mechanism of biological evolution. There … Continue reading

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They Will Know We Are Christians By Our … Politics?

Despite the title this isn’t a post about the current US presidential election – although I hope it gets people thinking about how they frame their position, whatever that may be. In fact, the title may distract from the theme … Continue reading

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Rules of Engagement

How can we hold a reasonable conversation on a controversial issue? There are many issues on which reasonable, dedicated, and devout Christians disagree. The form and intent of the Lord’s Supper (communion or Eucharist), the appropriate age for baptism, the … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences

Mark Whorton concludes his book Peril in Paradise with his story of coming to grips with the billions of years of life on earth that preceded Adam and with the far reaching significance of this discussion for the church today. … Continue reading

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Suffering and the Plan of God

Suffering is an undeniable part of life on this planet. Accident, natural disaster, predators, and old age. If the earth is 4.5 billion years old all of these are part of God’s creation independent of any sin of Adam and … Continue reading

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