Good questions deserve good answers—especially when the questions are honest.
Too often questions about the Bible intend only to put up a smokescreen in which the critic uses as an excuse to hide from his or her accountability to God.
Christians need to know the Bible’s answers to the skeptic’s questions. In fact, a good answer can blow away the smoke and leave the critic exposed to the reality that his or her sin leaves them accountable to God. But thankfully, the Bible also it shows how God’s love has made provision for that sin through Jesus Christ.
Norm Geisler and Jason Jimenez have written an excellent reference book, The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions, which answers questions that would leave most of us standing with our mouths in the shape of a question mark. We would expect an apologetics book to offer good answers to the typical questions, like: How can a good God allow evil? And what about the person who’s never heard of Jesus? And it does well at these.
But this new volume answers question that seem slipperier.
While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.
It’s not enough that God uses bird migrations to remind us of the importance of Israel’s geography.
He also makes it beautiful.
I saw in the news this week an amazing video of the beautiful “murmuring” flight patterns of starlings as they migrated over Israel. (more…)
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
Critics of Christianity point to the problems in the world as proof of God’s absence or apathy. On the other hand, some Christians get in the game and point to God’s judgment as the reason for terrorism, Isis, and hurricanes.
The problem is, we want God’s acts of judgment to stop at property lines (usually ours). We prefer clear delineations, just as God made in the plagues on the land of Egypt in the book of Exodus.
But it doesn’t work that way. Those plagues are a picture of God’s plan for tomorrow.
The hills to the east and west tower above the water. As cool air from these heights rushes down the slopes into the lake’s warmer basin, winds can whip up the surface of the water to deadly proportions.
A small craft, such as the one Matthew reported the disciples clung to during a stormy night, could find itself foundering in an instant.
In one day, Christ taught His disciples a simple truth we should never forget.
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success has some super ideas and inspiring principles on working hard to keep products, communication and innovation simple. The summary section at the end is worth the book. It’s even worth wading through all the apologetics about Steve Jobs’ genius superseding his impatience with people.
Of course, the value of the bottom line should never overshadow the value of people—not just the value of customers but also employees and affiliates.
All glorification of Steve Jobs aside, Insanely Simple had some great leadership and marketing principles.
You can see good quotes I highlighted in the book here.