I can’t systemize God

I’ve been reading some new things and surfing a lot of Christian blogs because I have this blog and I figure I should try to fit into some kind of community. I have to admit something: I hate most of it. I’m honestly not proud of it, it is more of a confession. Half the […]

Speculation about Suffering

Taking ideas from the last post, there is another idea that formed for me. God, who creates universes with an utterance, who owns everything and if that isn’t enough can create more, and Jesus His son, who feeds 5000 with a few loaves and a word of thanks, had a key problem. How could He […]

God the Impoverished

“”Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45, 46, NASB. I got this idea from reading Peter Rollins’ little book ‘The Orthodox Heretic’. Once the merchant went and sold all […]

The Theory Students

Once there was a crusty old music teacher who taught the 3rd and 4th semesters of music theory at a famous music college. As he was explaining the details of the neapolitan 6th chord to the class, one of the students, a theory major, sent a text message to one of his friends: “How will […]

Parable of the young son

I decided to write this up as its own parable. Once there was a man who worked at an insurance company as a programmer. He was an expert in statistics and computer science, and ran ever more complex actuarial studies on a massively parallel super-computer. One day, his young son asked him what he did […]

Parable of the two young music students

Once there was a great music teacher who only took a few of the most gifted and promising students. One of his students was a very disciplined young man, hard-working and eager to please. He had not at first wanted to play, but he realized it was something that pleased his mother, and because he […]

Thoughts to my mystified friends

This is a note to the mystified reader who wonders how an otherwise intelligent guy ended up not only as a Christian, but as a person seemingly obsessed with some kind of controversy about some fine point of faith that seems frankly irrelevant. I am not out to convert you. I might be out to […]

Justification Equation

I was listening to an excellent teaching by R.C. Sproul, and he came to a point where you can hear him cracking the chalk against the blackboard decisively with this equation: Faith + Works != Justification (‘!=’ is programmer shorthand for ‘not equal’) Faith = Justification + Works How the dust was flying! You can […]

John the Baptist and Jesus

“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.” Luke 1:5, NIV. Here we have a pretty obscure verse that shows us something very profound. John the Baptist is descended from the Levitical […]

Love is eternal because it does not depend on attributes

This is a response to an absolutely fascinating post by a guy named Peter Rollins. You can and should read his original post here:peterrollins.net/blog/?p=1231 It really got me thinking about some of the foundational aspects of grace and love, so I wanted to post my response on my own blog as a matter of record. […]