"Is God willing to prevent evil, but can't? Then He is not all-powerful. Can He prevent evil, but is unwilling? Then He is wicked. Is He able and willing? Then where does evil come from? If He can't or won't prevent evil, then why call Him God?"-Epicurus (modern paraphrase) The problem of evil is one that theologians have struggled to answer for many centuries. Many of...
Author: Tom Terry
Religion, Addiction, and Sobriety Religion relates to spirituality, which is embracing a higher power and allowing that power to help us through life’s struggles. Spirituality is something that’s with a person wherever she is, and at all times supports her. Sometimes, religion plays a role in addiction recovery because even religious people can become addicts. From Futures...
Author: Becky Wilcox
Dear Roger, Please explain to me how quantum mechanics explains the reality and existence of God? Sincerely, Julie Dear Reader, Julie didn’t ask the question quite like that—just sort of. Let me summarize what happened and my answer to her. I hope you find my thoughts stimulating, intriguing and assuring. “I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading physics books and...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Christmas time is maybe the most "full" time of the whole year. It's a time filled with so much activity, so many relational connection points, so much commercialized influence...it can fill our lives to the point that at the end of the season, we might be at the end of our rope. This year - let's conspire to something more. Something deeper.
Scripture: Matthew 1:16-17, Luke 1:46-47, Luke 2:29-32, Malachi 4:2
The Bible teaches us that when we sing to God we deeply express our love and worship of His incomparable power and glory. God not only inhabits the praises of His people, but His people are joined together in unity when they sing to Him.
Scripture: Colossians 3:15-16, 2 Samuel 6:20-23
Kevin and Tanisha Hamilton, founders of Southwest Soul Circuit Ministries, describe their passion for evangelism through music. The Hamiltons share their testimonies, their marriage journey and their vision for ministry. Urban gospel music concerts are combined with inner city service events.
The “ready” position is the stance that an athlete takes to be prepared to take on any challenge. If you're ready, you are not afraid. Don't be afraid of tyrants, financial ruin, life or death. Fear God and you don't have to fear anything else.
Scripture: Luke 12:49-56
Pastors, worship leaders, creative teams and volunteers should collaborate to produce fresh, worshipful seasonal services. Emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation should be addressed. Planning, resource allocation and recruiting are important.
Pastors and worship leaders often have to overcome challenges because of different perspectives and approaches to creating an effective service. Many of these obstacles can be overcome by prayer, honest communication, empathy, common goals and a consistent work ethic. Humility and patience can solidify a team.
Topic: Team Building
We live in a "selfie" society. Here's what Dr. Allen Josephson has to say about it; "It goes without saying that narcissists have an inflated view of themselves, one that frequently masks a hidden sense of emptiness and inferiority. What’s not so obvious, according to Laity Leadership Senior Fellow Allan Josephson, M.D., is that those who are in relationship with a narcissist...
Author: Allen Josephson