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Should We Fear the Lord

The Question of Fear A wise and respectful anti-Christian reader with whom I have communicated many times offered a challenge on the subject of mankind’s “fear of the Lord”. When he started quoting Scripture, it caused me to step back and reconsider my rather glib and poorly thought-out responses to...

Childlike faith, Part 1

Who Had Childlike Faith At The Time of Jesus The common people heard Jesus gladly while the educated ones rejected Him.  The common people had childlike faith, believing what they saw with their own eyes and their senses, or what they had been told.  They did not question whether this could be...

The Universe, Time, and Eternity

Something for thinking people to ponder, about the world we live in. The Universe How did the universe get started?  Was it the big bang or was there something before? In the meantime, there are all kinds of strange hypotheses circulating about alternative universes and such, all trying to explain the unexplainable. In...

Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation

This is a topic of some controversy in the Christian world. It speaks to one who, at first, seems to be outwardly following the tenants of the Christian faith for a period of time. However, at some point, they begin to drift into unrepentant sin, actively deconstruct their faith,...

“Biblical Christianity” – Prepare for Persecution – John Piper & MacArthur

There was a conference conducted in October of this year, which offered candid and public insights from both John Piper and John MacArthur on the direction of moral decay in this country and how we need to prepare for coming persecution based on a Biblical Christian worldview. These are...

This He Gives you

A Commentary on the Hymn, Come Ye Sinners Something that I think my readers will quickly learn about me is I absolutely love hymns. Not the modern worship music that many churches sing today — although I like many of those, too— but the old hymns, written as early as...

Knowing the Voice of God

False email I received an email from my pastor some time back.  Turned out it was a phishing expedition, or scam, by someone other than the pastor who had hijacked his email account to solicit money.  Not that I am the great scam detector but I could tell just by the partial...

Does the Bible confirm God is Omniscient (All-Knowing) or not?

I received a great question from a reader using a number of Scripture verses to make the point that God is not omniscient. The suggestion was that God makes decisions and adjustments as events continue to unfold. Of course, this theological view holds great concern for those who believe...

Our Lives as Stories

How Literature can Show us What Matters Most Literature… the subject in school that a large majority of students come to dread. The class where we are quizzed on what outfit a minor character was wearing during some insignificant event in the story, or on what character said some random...

Which Version of Jesus Do You Follow?

Don’t be deceived Who was Jesus? Was Jesus just a brilliant teacher or a charismatic prophet? Seems these days that Jesus gets to be whoever you want Him to be. We’re all happy to define each other by our politics, race, gender, neighborhood, and more. Why should Jesus escape this treatment? But...

Suffering According to Christians

How a God Who is Good Allows Suffering A common concept that Christians often struggle with is the idea that God, who is indeed good and just, allows suffering in this world. Unfortunately, many are unable to defend their beliefs when asked this important question. Unbelievers would say that a...

Christian Salvation in Less Than 150 Words

I have written over 300 articles and responded to nearly 4,000 comments over the last two years on BCWorldview and Medium.com. There is much I could say about the experience, however my reason for investing the time has been, and continues to be, to use it as a frail way of sharing...

Christians and their Worldview – Do We Need to Back Off and Shut Up?

I have received many comments from readers who strongly express the view that church and state need to be kept separate. Of course, what they are really saying is that Christians should not be meddling in politics by voicing their opinions publicly. If the Christians would just silence their...

Does Satan Know Your Name

The book of Job, in the Old Testament, is interesting because it exposes the reader to a rare view of the supernatural realm, by offering detailed conversations between God and Satan. Since the Bible is an instruction manual for life, these discussions are unknown to Job, yet have significant consequences on his life and those of his family. For us, it offers a perspective on the question, does Satan know our name as well?

What Makes a Christian, a Christian?

The real point for both Christians and non-Christians is to not get caught up in the weeds of social change, drifting morality, and legalism. They are things to reflect on, in our search for truth, but Heaven is not dependent on them. Both Christian and non-Christian vitriol over secondary matters like abortion, homosexuality, or who will win the next election fall away when one considers that our time on this earth is like a vapor that dries up unexpectedly at death (James 4:14), yet our eternal destiny lasts forever. 

Is God chastising America (Part 1)

Today’s issues Anyone conscious of recent events is keenly aware that, worldwide, we are in turbulent times what with poverty, climate change, food insecurity, refugee rights, COVID-19, healthcare politicization, mental health issues, disability rights, reproductive justice, children’s rights, gender equality, cybersecurity, disinformation, freedom of the press, debt crises, inflation, government corruption,...

Chips And Dust

I have been an avid hobbyist all my life and in my younger years, I was mostly building furniture while later in life I concentrated more on electronics and some form of robotics. When we were first married, I was in the process of building an entertainment center, which was...

The Testimony of a Biblical Christian

I was an atheist for most of my life. I believed that religion, any religion, was a crutch for those who were failing in life on earth and needed both an excuse (it’s not my fault) and a hope for the future (Heaven). I was doing just fine on...

What Are You Thinking About During the Sermon?

More than any other time in your week, I would suggest that what goes on in your heart and mind during the Sunday morning sermon speaks volumes about where you are in your spiritual walk.  Attending a Biblical Christian Church If you regularly attend a church that supports a Biblical Christian...

“’Love your neighbor’ is the Idol of our Age.”

I regularly publish brief "Quick Quotes", which are short phrases that hopefully elicit thoughtful reflection. Recently, I posted one that read,  “Sadly, many skip Salvation “love God” and jump right to a false Sanctification “love thy neighbor”.  Of course, this is a direct reference to Luke 10:27, Mark 12:31, and Matthew...

Predestination is not an Excuse

Presbyterian PCA Wanting to get better plugged-in, in 1991 our family transitioned to a Presbyterian PCA church that was much closer to our home than the nondenominational church we had previously attended. I was still a baby Christian, definitely drinking spiritual milk rather than solid food (1 Peter 2:2). We...

The Heart is a Vital Organ

Your heart is the most vital organ in your body.  We know this because when the heart stops beating it can bring about death in two to twenty seconds.  Every other organ in your body can also bring about your demise but it can take days, weeks, months, or maybe years...

Forgiveness

My Childhood When I was a pre-teen, another boy had found out that I had done something wrong, and he tried to blackmail me into doing something shady for him.  Having been found out, I went straight to my Mom and told her what I had done.  Instead of punishing me, my...

A Stranded Trucker

On a Sunday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, I preached on giving thanks. We had a visitor in our service and I noticed that she clearly was not happy when she came.  However, her countenance visibly changed to a much more positive attitude as the service went on.  I did...

Christianity vs. christianity – Who’s who in Eternity 

I have received a number of comments surrounding what it means to be a Christian today. Not only is there a wide range of theological implications to this question, there are eternal implications as well.  Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is...

Proof of God’s Non-Existence

Disproving God’s existence In an online paper from Tony Berard, he attempts to disprove the existence of God. His proof assumptions are two-fold. 1 - God can’t exist and not exist at the same time, therefore if you prove one then the other is false.  2 - You can’t prove a negative. That is not...

Should Christians Trust the Holy Spirit

On the surface the obvious answer to this question should be, “yes”. The Holy Spirit is just as much a part of the Trinity as the Father and the Son. Together, they make up the Godhead of our worldview. Further, Jesus, as He was completing His earthly ministry, told His disciples...

Would God author a Book that Slanders Himself

I received a new (to me) approach toward the continuing attack on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. It came from a thoughtful atheist who posed an excellent question. Summarizing his point… “A book which slanders God is not likely to have been authored by God. The Bible...

God’s Dark Side…Brought to Light

God’s emotional dark side When we hear about the God of the Bible we usually hear of His love and compassion. We don’t hear as much about the dark side of God, so as to speak. Maybe because people don’t like the sound of God having a dark side or...

Should We Stop Evangelizing Our Children

I wrote an article recently on the theology behind the “second” salvation of my youngest daughter. It elicited one of the top ten-percent of the nearly 3k comments I have received on Medium this past year. The author spoke about how young, impressionable, and naive she was (6 years old) to...

The Bible – Accurate Theology but What About Science & History

Many people believe that the Bible is a wonderful book of wisdom for life’s challenges. Further, most Christians accept much, if not all, the theology presented in Scripture. However, often one hears…  “The Bible might be a source for the correction and teaching of righteousness, but it never claims perfection,...

God illustrates our life, death, and rebirth through the caterpillar

No excuse The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 1:20 that God shows Himself through nature and there is, therefore, no excuse for being unaware of Him. In other words, no one can honestly say “I didn’t know.” Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His...

My Daughter Got Saved…. Twice

I was looking out my bedroom window about 20 years ago watching my 6 year old daughter being evangelized by a neighborhood girl of similar age. As I watched, my daughter bowed her head and prayed what we were told later was the 'Sinners Prayer". I was elated, not...

Bold Christians

A bold Christian is in essence obedient to Christ. It is someone who has died to themselves but are alive in Christ. There is this stigma that a bold Christian is someone who does uncomfortable things by bringing up Christ to anyone at anytime but actually a bold Christian is...

He Reached Out to Me

I cannot boast about any of it I wasn’t seeking I grew up in a functionally non-Christian home. My mother was an agnostic, my father (I now know) had experienced a relationship with Jesus, but the church his family attended had deeply wounded him somehow and he never could get past...

Mourning for Judas Iscariot

Enduring betrayal and lies in ministry Hard Christian Truths Judas Iscariot is a name synonymous with betrayal and deception. His narrative highlights a disgruntled and dissatisfied member of Jesus’ inner circle. Judas’s traitorous actions draw a stark contrast between Jesus’s devoted followers and the discontented disciple. The name Judas stirs up feelings...

The Power of The One

How love changes the world… Part of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech has been on my mind recently, where he said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but...

God’s Promise for Tithers

Being a tither has promises from God that are sacred and incredibly powerful. God adorns certain rights for those who obey Him by giving a tenth of their finances to the Lord. First off, why should we tithe? Tithing is not a requirement of salvation but tithing holds additional benefits...

Works vs. Grace – Based Salvation

The importance of this topic, Salvation, cannot be overstated. It is an absolutely critical dogma of the Christian faith. It has to do with eternity in Heaven or Hell, among many other things. There are not many theological constructs more important than Salvation.  Being a Good Neighbor Many people, even Christians, state...

Learning to Love

… provoking you towards love. We know that love is important, but do we understand just how important it is? The whole Bible is God’s love-letter to us, and one of its clearest descriptions of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13. This passage is read at many weddings, even...

Meaning and Purpose — What it is and How to Achieve it

A plant grows from a few, simple ingredients, water, sunlight, and food. We are the same in that we grow and live by those same things, water, warmth, and food. A common phrase when caring for plants is “giving love to your plants” and it is the same for us....

Unmet Expectations

It never is what you thought it would be Hard Christian Truths I have been thinking a lot about unmet expectations and how those often unacknowledged ideas rule our lives. They can often be the driving force behind what causes new missionaries to return home. Let me share with you my...

Shaping — Becoming All That You Were Meant To Be

Life Lessons from the Potter’s Wheel #5: You are a unique creation, designed for a purpose that calls you towards a life of joy and meaning. What greater meaning can there be than serving the creator of all things with a life and character shaped by him, just as he...

Do You Know the Good Shepherd?

Psalm 23 is arguably one of the most well-known passages of the bible for Christians and non-Christians alike, Psalm 23 was written by King David and God revealed Himself to David in this way because David was a shepherd himself and understood completely who the Lord was with this...

Three Interesting Biblical Facts Can Change How You Pray

Change how, when, and why you pray  Three interesting facts found in scripture may change how, when, and why you pray. First fact - Judah means praise Remember that Jacob in the Old Testament had two wives, Rachel and Leah.  The full account can be found in Genesis 28:1-29:35. Jacob loved Rachael.  She is...

Power is Nothing

Just because we can wield it, doesn’t mean we’re right. Focus The words of the prophets and apostles cry out to us who are willing to listen. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging...

Is Trusting God a Matter of Honor?

We never outgrow the need to trust God. In fact, as Jesus said: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48 NIV) This was brought home to me recently as I...

ALWAYS BE TRUTHFUL

Living in truth is the most heroic thing you can do Problems occur when truth is ignored. Mistakes happen when truth isn’t followed. The only reason this world has any redeeming quality is when truth is present. Everyone making the decision everyday to tell the truth and live truthfully themselves...

A Modern Day Parable: The Cup & The Funnel

What will you do with what your mentors invest in you? Christian Mentorship Once upon a time, there was a kindly father who gave his son a task. The task had a particular purpose. One that could not be understood without doing. The father gave the boy the job of filling...

Raising Up — How to Develop Your Potential

Life Lessons from the Potter’s Wheel #4: Do you ever struggle with understanding God’s part and our part in living out the Christian life? Well I think the process of raising the walls of a clay vessel on the potter’s wheel has something to teach us. In Life Lesson #3, “Opening...

Do you Believe?

Christians claim to believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior but do they believe in the written word of God? We often find Christians living like everyone else and not standing on the truth. If we believe in Jesus Christ we also have to believe in the word because...

Proving Satan Exists

It would be difficult to ignore the overwhelming evidence that there is evil in the world. The real question is its source. Many view humanity’s anger and violence as simply “human nature”, without much thought as to a deeper cause. Christians assign the existence of evil into two broad...

Divisive Theology among Biblical Christians

Over the last year and a half, I have written nearly 200 articles on various topics from a traditional Christian perspective. These have been published both on our website and on Medium platforms. Much of the work has revolved around defining and defending the viewpoints of a Biblical Christian worldview. The list...

What do you treasure?

Dear Reader, Welcome to my second newsletter. Below is a short meditation that asks the question, “What do you treasure?” As I hope you will see, it could equally have been called, “What distinguishes you?” But first some brief news: On 12th October I published the third in the series “Life Lessons...

He Is

When you bow at the feet of Jesus in His marvelous white robe, knowing full-force that He is the KING, an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and love takes hold of you. The more you desire to know the infinite and eternal God the more He will begin to pull back the curtain on the...

Are Miracles the Answer to Evangelism?

I wrote an article recently, responding to those who see Christianity as a form of “mythology”, like so many other false religions. An interesting perspective came in through a comment that... unbelievers will never consider our Biblical Christian worldview as anything more than a fairy tale until they see the miraculous...

Waging Spiritual War – What does it take?

Hard Christian Truths “War is very simple, direct and ruthless. It takes a simple, direct and ruthless man to wage it.” — George Patton General George Patton, “Ol’ Blood & Guts” He was either loved or hated because of the way he conducted his life. Things were Black or White, they...

A River Baptism That Made A Statement About “Church”

I attend a Biblical Christian church with a Sunday morning attendance of just over 100. We are made up of sinners seeking fellowship, education and accountability by choosing to meet together for regular worship. Yesterday we had a baptism. Background We recently added a new member. He was a homeless man...

Opening — How to Build a Good Foundation

In Lesson #2 we saw the importance of centering clay on the potter’s wheel, and how, in the same way, our lives need to be centered on Jesus, the true center of all things. By centering our lives on Jesus we find perfect inner peace, but this is just the beginning....

Don’t Let Your Blessings Be Your Downfall

“Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare and their prosperity become a trap.” (Psalm 69:22) All good things come from God as we know from James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there...

One World Religion – a Biblical Christian worldview

As many Christians know, one of the prophecies in the Bible that ushers in the End-Times, or the end of the world as we know it, is the convergence of all religions into a single faith. Ultimately, that will be the worship of the Antichrist, who will likely not arrive until...

Consume Or Cultivate?

Why porn is a lie. Hard Christian Truths Psalms 65 describes a God who waters and enriches the earth, He prepares the soil & provides food. As the fields overflow with abundance His creation shouts and sings in triumph. God is a creative being, he forms things, works to perfect them. If...

Centering — How To Find Inner Peace (Hint: It’s Not About You)

Life Lessons from the Potter’s Wheel #2 Centering clay on the potter’s wheel is a great metaphor for life, and can help us in our search for inner peace. It’s the foundation upon which a pot is formed, and can also be the foundation of our life. In Lesson #1 we...

SOLDIERS OF THE FAITH

George Washington was a brave man. That is not to be taken lightly considering his heroic feats of leading a people who had nothing but the hope in their hearts. When that would fade it would be up to George Washington to light the lamp of Freedom to guide...

Developing a culture of discipleship

Christian Mentorship My closet is a unique environment. If left unattended the environment (darkness and dampness) of my closet has a major effect on its inhabitants (my clothes, shoes & hats). Mold grows everywhere! big fuzzy blue/green mold & black mold grows on everything in a matter of days. It...

The Potter — How to Find Meaning & Purpose

Life Lessons from the Potter’s Wheel #1 There is something deep and spiritual about making pottery by hand. Perhaps it comes from an unconscious understanding that we are, in some ways, like the clay. Like the Clay If you could remove all the water from a human body you would be left...

The Story of a Champion

King David of Israel was a beloved king and a mighty warrior. No army could defeat his. David’s kingdom was overflowing with wealth and abundance. He had everything he could ever want or need but there was something he sought after worth more than gold and precious jewels. Before I...

Christian Hell Can’t Be Proved 

If one types in a Google search the question, “Does Hell exist” or “Prove Hell exists” the results are predictable. Most have a Scripture verse in one of the first two sentences. Otherwise, the website begins with a story of someone who died for a few minutes and came...

Does Your Character Honor or Shame You?

Character is one of the highest forms of existence and is worth more than all the grand pleasures of this world. No achievement in this world is worth more than a sharpened character. Good looks, money, fame, lust, all die out but character holds true forever. Does your character honor...

The “Main Thing” for a Biblical Christian

Christians in America are losing their way in being able to express the fundamentals of their worldview. Some are in the process of deconstructing their faith. Some are angry with a certain pastor or church member and have stopped attending an organized fellowship. Some are hiding their beliefs, afraid...

The Most Difficult Thing You Will Ever Do in Life

We cannot escape problems and challenges in life, no one can. We will face many situations that will tempt us to give up and throw in the towel, but that isn’t who we are called to be. We are called to be overcomers. We are called to be warriors in the...

Sacrifice is the Greatest Gain

In the book of Genesis, God Almighty appeared to Abraham and promised him that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham was then promised a son to fulfill the previous promise. No doubt, Abraham lived by these promises given to him by God which gave him a...

Overcome the Hardest Challenges

Prayer and fasting is another tool in the toolbelt for Christians when facing adversity. After casting out a demon Jesus was questioned by His disciples why it didn’t work for them after having received His power. His answer was simple and probably surprising. He responded, “This kind can come out by...

Christians Resist Turning to Their Church in Times of Deep Grief

My wife and I conducted GriefShare classes through our church for a number of years. GriefShare is a wonderful Biblical Christian counseling ministry, focused primarily on helping people deal with the loss of loved ones.  What we discovered is that nearly all those attending our meetings were not from our church. As...

Tree of Life

There is a Tree of Life talked about in both the book of Genesis and in Romans 11. It is through this tree that we attain eternal life. Now, I’m not talking about a physical tree but instead, a spiritual tree that comes by faith. Just as the Tree of Life...

Who Should Teach Christian Theology?

There is a weight on the shoulders of those who make the choice to teach God's Word. There are verses, stories, parables, and truths in the Bible that elicit a wide range of emotions from its readers. There is the love chapter of 1 Cor. 13 that offers insight into...

What to Do When You Have Nothing Left to Give

About a month ago I realized I didn’t have any purpose of my own. I came to the conclusion that if I didn’t come up with a good solution then there wasn’t a reason to exist. I had to forget the lies and remember the truth. Going through life...

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now In 1834, Edward Mote wrote the lyrics to this hymn sometime after finding his faith in a chapel service in London at age 15. It was not put to music and published until 1863, and appeared in the Devotional and Tune Book the...

Eternal Love

We long for love, for acceptance, for good company, and people who share our heart. We do this because we were made to do this. We were made to seek love because without it we have no reason to exist. The world is very alluring in what it can...

Zombie Church

The un-dead walk among us The modern church is not dead, but undead. The dead at least have the manners to be done with it and lay politely in their grave. But the church of the 21st century fills me with confusion. Its decay and disease have betrayed the church’s...

When You Need a Harvest in Your Life

Where you plant your resources is significant. We have all heard you will reap what you sow and that couldn’t be more true. The things in which we give to will increase, for better or worse. The harvest will expand, enlarge, and become more abundant. This is true both...

21 Tips for Hiding your Christian Faith

As Christians, I propose we focus on protecting our families as we see increasing conflicts with the outside world approaching. These 21 tips are intended to provide both scriptural support and practical advice on hiding your Christian faith from outsiders. I apologize at the outset for its length. However, you can quickly skim down the BOLD headings looking for those items of particular interest to implement. Please pay particular attention to the “Conclusion with Biblical Support” at the bottom.

Never Trust a Person Who Says – “the Bible Says So”

I read an article recently that did an excellent job of challenging man’s twisted use of Scripture to justify slavery, apartheid, and torture as historically acceptable human practices. Since these practices have been proven wrong, he further postulates that today’s Christians who quote the Bible should also be suspected of promoting...

Wash Their Feet — Surprising Perspective of Life

What is considered normal in this life is focusing on ourselves. Making a constant effort of self improvement, self love, self indulgence. But that is not what Jesus taught. He showed us a new way of living. Life where all of His children are taken care of, denying themselves,...

3 Reasons Why Annihilationism is Wrong

A reader recently responded to my posts on Heaven and Hell by offering a detailed response supporting Annihilationism, or the theology that unbelievers of Jesus Christ will cease to exist at the point of death.  There are many verses in Scripture that document the conditions found in Hell. To put it...

God is So Loving

With all of the violence, looting, fires, and taking down historical statues it’s very hard to see God in this. You might ask, “Where’s God? And why would He create such a horrible, disgusting world?” The answer to that question is He is here always but He gives us...

The Death of my Parents

The Story This is the story of the death of my parents. I have told it only once since my mom died, but think about it often. It represents the most impactful event in my spiritual walk, short of my acceptance of Jesus Christ, which finally occurred on August 15,...

Milk, Not Solid Food

What direction are we going as Christians, Carnal or Biblical? The sad reality is that much of the church has lost its way, partly in its attempt to appease our current culture and partly because we have become lazy, expecting a performance catered to us IF we choose to attend....

Christofascist Dominionist Theocracy

The reader below responded to one of my posts on our Biblical Christian Worldview. She coined a new term to describe me (and others) who she feels are intending to take over the world with our narrow, authoritative, legalistic viewpoints. Her earlier note to me included a reference to...

“Reckless Love” – Questioning the Lyrics

The Christian song, “Reckless Love” was written by Cory Asbury and was released on October 27, 2017.  The song won the "Song of the Year" and "Worship Song of the Year" at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in 2018. It was nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song". It was also nominated for Top Christian Song...

Will God be in Hell ?

The possibility that God would be present in Hell challenges our preconceived notions, both of who God is and what Hell will be like. Many naturally believe that part of the torture of Hell is the total separation from God. However, there are verses which contradict this view.  God will...

Separating Christ from Christianity

I responded to a blog from a former Preacher (50 years in the “institutional church”) who now has a huge on-line following. He is a "Christian" deconstructionist who is against the organized Christian church and, in this article, attempts to separate Jesus from Christianity. His premise is that Jesus is...

Beyond Twisting Scripture

This is an excerpt from a response I wrote to a very influential blogger who has thousands reading his voluminous ant-Christian material on a monthly basis, while calling himself a Christian. It is beyond twisting Scripture because the writer’s reference to the Bible does not just pluck verses out...

God is Love AND Righteousness

I responded to a blog from a former Preacher (50 years in the "institutional church") who now has a huge on-line following. He is a Christian deconstructionist who is against the organized Christian church and, in this article, attempts to separate Jesus from Christianity. His premise is that Jesus...

Go Tell It On The Mountain – Theology in Song

The hymn, “Go Tell it On the Mountain” has had a past of oral tradition. The chorus has remained consistent throughout its history. However, the verses have changed over time. The hymn began as an African American spiritual dating back to at least 1865, and has been sung by many gospel...

Occam’s Razor and the Bible

It takes blind faith to believe that : The universe was created from a dot. Life came from non-life. Structures as complex and interdependent as our eyes could come from mutations or survival of the fittest. "Occam's Razor" is a term which suggests that the simplest explanation, one which requires the...

“I Speak Jesus” – Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcmqSfr1ENY by Charity Gayle ABOUT CHARITY Charity Gayle houses a powerful voice which has a fresh yet reminiscent sound. She loves the Lord with fierce faith and has authored songs such as "Amen" "Enter In (Psalm 100)" "New Name Written Down in Glory" "Cleansed" and more. Charity grew up in a home...

Why did God Allow Sin into the World?

Foundational Question Does God have a choice when it comes to allowing sin? Couldn’t He just speak sin out of this world, given that God created the universe and everything in it? Why did God allow Sin into the world? God is All-Powerful To answer that question honestly, we need to...

Will Eternity be Different For Each Of Us? – Part 2 – Hell?

Eternity... As Biblical Christians, we know that life does not end at the grave. Further, there is neither the ability to change our destiny after we die (Heb. 9:27), nor can we expect to find an ultimate nirvana, based on the false theology of reincarnation. Mankind lives a life on...

Living With That Contrary Christian

Live peacefully with each other As believers, we are told to live peacefully with each other (Romans 12:18, 1 Tim. 2:2, 1 Thes. 4:11, etc.). Depending on which ones you count, there are just under 100 Bible references with that message. No deep theological interpretations or arguments are required as...

“The Bible Is Not Inspired”

This was originally written as a Quick Post at BCW. It has been significantly upgraded to an article given the extended dialogue that followed from the original post. In the end one's opinion on the question of whether the Bible is, or is not, the inspired word of God...

Will Eternity be Different For Each Of Us? – Part 1 – Heaven?

Eternity... life after the grave... Heaven and Hell... This refresh of an earlier article begins a two part series into exploring the reality that as immortal beings, we will live forever, in one of two places. It follows from an earlier two part series, "What Does It Take To...

From Gray to God’s Truth

In past articles, I have made the point that, as relates to sin, we live in a world made of various shades of gray. At times, it can be very hard to decide right from wrong. This is especially true if we reject God’s truth in favor of what...

Pastors in Trouble

Barna published a study in mid-November of 2021, based on a survey of over 500 Protestant Senior Pastors. The intent was to assess Pastor engagement and overall spiritual health. The results.... Pastors are in trouble. A summary of results follows. 38% have considered leaving full-time ministry in the past year. Further,...

Miraculous Relief from Our Secret Sin

We all have those secret sins that don’t seem to go away. We pray for resistance and ask for forgiveness, over and over again. How do we obtain miraculous and permanent relief? Consider the miracle of the Bleeding Woman Luke 8:42b-48 As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there...

Flexible Christianity

Summary  Our world is full of Atheists and others who promote false teachings that will not result in eternal life in Heaven. However, the most insidious group are those teachers who profess to be Christians but are not. They use Christian terms and pluck a few verses out of the...

Love Sinners or Scare Them?

The Bible is full of both love and fear. God is love (1 John 4:8). But He is also one to be feared (Mat. 10:28). As we consider responding to friends and family on our eternal future, where is the balance between God's love for His children, and His...

Fulfilled Prophesy and the Atheist - Part 2 of 2 - Responding to a Challenge

This post is the third article in a dialogue with Dave Gamble, who, I think, considers himself an Atheist, while I am a born-again Christian.  My first article was,” Fulfilled Prophesy and the Atheist” Dave's response was, “Does the Bible really contain Prophecy that came true?” While Dave nor I are formally trained in Christian theology,...

Christian Theology and the Male Race

A recent article surfaced from a woman who had likely been psychologically abused by her husband, whom she has now left. Lashing out in her justification for that action, she was extremely judgmental of the whole male race and, in saying so, she admitted she was rejecting Biblical Christian theology. Her basic...

How Do We Pray About Persecution?

Persecution defined Persecution is defined by the Oxford Languages dictionary as “hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of…religious beliefs.”  The Merriam-Webster dictionary says persecution is “the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed.”  Wikipedia says “A martyr is someone who suffers persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, or refusing to renounce or advocate, a religious belief or cause.”  This...

Fulfilled Prophesy and the Atheist – Part 1 of 2 

This two-part article results from a simple and reasonable question I was asked by an author who holds very different beliefs than I do. He writes voraciously on the deconstruction of Christianity, coming from a deep and thoughtful understanding of Scripture, and its impact on our culture. As a...

Penance vs. Repentance

I recently responded to a gay, single, Christian counselor who wrote a parallel to the story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. His contemporary illustration had Zeke, rich and owning a “gay pornography establishment”. Watching Jesus go by and, in front of the crowds, being told Christ would...

Living God’s Dream Marriage or Enduring His Curse? (Part 4 of 4)

Discussion Questions This concluding article was the basis for a 3-night study in a church setting. Afterward, the attendees were split up into groups and the following questions were discussed within each group and the top findings were then shared with the entire group. The Four Part Series includes the...

Living God’s Dream Marriage or Enduring His Curse? (Part 3 of 4)

Love and Respect Showing Love and Respect Consider the difference between love and respect in a marriage. Since they are such close cousins, the differences are subtle and confusing at times. Maybe this is why we usually only hear about love in a marriage. But if they weren’t different, Peter and...

Living God’s Dream Marriage or Enduring His Curse? (Part 2 of 4)

The Marriage Curse and It’s Antidote The Curse - It’s A Bad Thing Enter the curse born from Adam and Eve's sin Genesis 3:16-17 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire will be for your husband, andhe will rule...

Living God’s Dream Marriage or Enduring His Curse? (Part 1 of 4)

God - The Master Chef God Creates Adam I am reminded of a lady at work whose phone calls I could overhear. Not that I was eavesdropping, but she was rather close and somewhat loud. At the beginning of most calls, I would hear her say "just living the dream." I...

What Does It Take To Get Into Heaven – Part 2

How Much Faith Do We Need? Along the timeline of employment, one of my responsibilities was to interview over a hundred prospective candidates for a relatively large Christian ministry. It was vitally important to determine the spiritual foundation of these folks given what was expected of them from our ministry....

What Does It Take To Get Into Heaven – Part 1

A Biblical Christian Worldview There is an illustration I have used numerous times, likely originated by Francis Chan. It involves unwinding a long string across a room and marking the last inch with a black marker. The illustration focuses on the difference between our life on this earth (black mark),...

Origin of “Amazing Grace” by John Newton

History of the Author John Newton, the writer of “Amazing Grace”, was born in July of 1725. His mother died when he was 6 years old. At the age of 11, John went to sea with his father, a Merchant Sea Captain. At 18, he was captured and pressed into...

Progressive vs. Biblical Christianity

To be clear at the outset, Progressive Christianity is an oxymoron. One can certainly be liberal or progressive in their social views and still be a Christian. Further, Progressives can be saved, with the Holy Spirit in their heart, and still hold to many non-conservative societal norms. However, when...

Lucifer Introduced Sin… Could it Happen Again?

History of Sin Adam and Eve's sin of eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:2) severely damaged their fellowship with God (Gen. 3:16-19). We are the recipients of the resulting Adamic Covenant (both the bad and the redemptive good) to this day. This event marks the entrance of sin into the...

Explaining Fallen Christian Leaders to Secular Friends

When our secular friends challenge us, how do we explain those Christian leaders who have publicly  fallen into sexual sin? Ravi Zachariah, Jerry Falwell Jr., and multiple Southern Baptist Pastors ,to name a few recent examples. Three Points 1. Every "man of God" is first, a man. We should not...

Is the United States Blissfully Excluded From End Times Prophecy?

Is America in Biblical prophecy? When discussing the book of Revelation, the prevailing thought seems to be the United States is not mentioned.  This makes many wonder about our fate.  During the End Times, will we have been taken over by another country, will we be completely destroyed before the battle of Armageddon,...

How Can Christians Praise God When Evil Abounds

Painful and troubling times These are very painful and troubling times for our country.  Violence in many forms is on the rise.  America is as divided now as it was during the civil war. Churches in the US are being assaulted like never before. In other countries, the persecution of Christians is real, life-threatening, and...

Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

As many Christians as there are in the country, there are as many different granular versions of their own personal theology. In my view, the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith are listed under the “Beliefs” section of this website. However, I also hold many secondary views loosely, in...

It’s Heretical To Consider The Bible As Just A Book

Growing Up With The Hardy Boys When I was growing up, in the early ’60s, my parents thought it worthwhile to get a set of encyclopedias. They were for me to use in school and for general interest. We did not have the money to invest in something like Britannica....

Christians Are Living As An Exile

As Biblical Christians, there are times when all of us feel like we are living as exiles in this great nation. It’s like living in a rental vs. owning our own homes…. It’s like camping in a tent vs. being at home, safe and protected (Psalm 15:1). We are...

A Prepper Is…

What is A Prepper The Oxford Languages Dictionary states that a prepper is “a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies”. Stereotypical Prepper The made-for-movie stereotype of this person is...

A More Effective And Powerful Prayer Warrior

More Than Just Prayer In an earlier article, I spoke about three prayers I stumbled upon as I was praying for current world and US events.  Since then, I have wanted to take another step in my prayer life.  I felt like I was praying effectively, yet expecting God to do all...

Three Prayers to Change Our World

Wrestling To Pray I don’t know about you, but I have been really upset and concerned about the current world events.  As a conscientious citizen, I have looked into what I can do in addition to utilizing my one vote.  I don’t feel called into the political world.  There is the head-in-the-sand option,...

Prayer…The First Option

When talking about what is happening in our country lately I have heard from believers that “all we can now do is pray.”  This sounds a little defeatist and suggests that prayer is merely a last and final resort when all else has failed. Examples Of Prayer As The First Option There...

Rose – A Short Story

“It was the Summer of 1964. I was part of a Bible study group while in college. At the urging of some of the boys in the group we went on an overnight camping trip in the woods surrounding the lake just east of town. Hesitantly, us girls agreed...

The Parable of the “Elder” Prodigal Son

Bible studies based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) often focus on the youngest son. As you remember, the youngest son was given a third of his father’s wealth as an inheritance. He promptly left, squandering the money to the point of having to return home,...

A Hill To Die On

A hill to die on is a term referring to the military practice of capturing and holding a hill, no matter the cost, including loss of life. In non-military terms the hill refers to a position or belief that you are willing to die for. To a lesser extent,...

Could God Offer Salvation To Satan?

God allowed a pathway to redeem mankind through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We were bought at a price. It is only through God's grace and our faith that we can look forward to the Holy Spirit. He lives in and through us while on this...

Jehovah’s Witness at my Door: What to Say

Our Personal Experience For a number of years, the Jehovah’s Witnesses would infrequently come up our long driveway to visit my wife (while I was at work). She was very kind and accommodating, talking at their car and eventually having them into the house for extended discussions (typically one would...

Christian vs. Biblical Christian – a difference?

Why do we at BCWorldview.org feel a need to differentiate between "Christian" and "Biblical Christian"? What's the difference between the two? Isn't the word "Biblical" redundant? Sadly, in post-Christian America, the answer is no. Definitions of words are changing rapidly. First Example Twenty years ago, the word "Fundamentalist" was reserved...