It’s Okay to Call Christianity a Religion

Random believer: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship. I’m not religious.

Random atheist: Really? So you don’t believe in worshiping God?

Random believer: Wait, no, that’s not what I meant. I do worship God.

Random atheist: So you are religious, and Christianity is a religion?

Random believer: Well yes, wait, no. You’re twisting my words.

Random atheist: You seem confused. You can keep your religion and whatever relationship you’re in to yourself.

End scene. Moral of the story, changing a word doesn’t fool anybody. It’s okay to call Christianity a religion. Let’s dig deeper. Continue reading

A Reflection on Baptism and Salvation

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Perhaps no one can argue it’s been quite a fiery discussion in the comment section of “The Necessity of Baptism for Salvation” post. With over a 100 comments, there have been many agreements, many differences, and a few who can’t have a dialogue on a subject without belittling, condemning, and resorting to personal attacks. But as I try to do my best to show everyone through my respectful responses, our words to one another should always strive to reflect the kindness of love we are called to. Otherwise what makes us any more different than the rest of the world who when faced with something that inflames them with disagreement, they seek to tear down a person rather than engage in a respectful dialogue. Nonetheless, in the midst of all these comments I’ve reflected on a few common themes in the differences expressed on my baptism post worth addressing. Continue reading

Does God Audibly Speak to Us?

Like me, you probably grew up being taught to listen for God’s voice as guidance to you in your life. You may have heard stories given by pastors where they talk about a situation in their life and they said “but then the Lord said to me”. Maybe you’ve had friends in life that profess to have heard from God to do certain things. But does scripture show us that God audibly speaks to us in this way? Let’s find out. Continue reading