Over the last decade, a number of terms have arisen that aim to describe people who do not follow traditional patterns of sexuality and gender. The most common designation used is probably LGBT or LGBTQ. But other terms exist like: LGBT*, LGTBQ2, LGBTQI2S, LGBTTIQQ2SA, and LGBTQQIP2SAA. If you are like me, you have probably struggled to understand what each of these letters stands for. So here’s a guide to help you to understand accurately what these terms mean. [Read more…] about What Does LGBTQQIP2SAA Stand For?
It’s never right to deceive someone or some persons with malicious intent. Exodus 20:16 reads, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (ESV). And so you should never provide false legal testimony against your countrymen. It hurts society and dishonors God.
But what about hiding someone’s surprise birthday party? What about pretending Santa is real? What about feints in warfare (2 Sam 2:22–25)? What about protecting someone from a murderous mob, that is, to hide a Jewish person from the SS in WWII Europe? Is it ever right to mislead another person?
Added to this, is it a lie to be wrong? In other words, if you give directions and say “turn left” but you should actually turn right. Did you lie? In this case, we use the category of mistake. But this opens up an interesting possibility: You can speak an untruth (go left) that misleads someone (they go to the wrong location) and yet not be a liar, a sinner. You just made a mistake.
So, are there other occasions when it is okay to mislead someone? [Read more…] about Is It Ever Right to Lie?
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Well, Christians do. And around this time of year, we might hear about the virgin birth. Someone writes on the historicity of it, or how the Bible records Jesus’s miraculous birth.
But the question we should be asking is Why did a virgin birth Jesus? The answers to this question are nothing less than earth-shattering.
Here are two reasons. [Read more…] about How The Virgin Birth Saves Us
Pope Francis wants to change the Lord’s Prayer to say “do not let us fall into temptation” instead of “lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4.). Francis believes that the current translation (“lead us not into temptation”) “implies that God rather than Satan leads people into temptation.” The translation “do not let us fall into temptation,” according to him, conveys better that the idea that the Devil, not God, is the agent of temptation. The Daily Wire notes:
“A father doesn’t do that,” insists Pope Francis. “He helps you get up right away. What induces into temptation is Satan.” Francis suggests rewriting the final verse to read, “Do not let us fall into temptation” to better explain the role of Satan as tempter.
Is their biblical warrant in the Lord’s Prayer to translation the text in this way? [Read more…] about Pope Francis Wants to Modify the Lord’s Prayer
In the mid-three hundreds, Fortunatianus served as bishop of Aquileia and wrote a commentary on the Gospels. According to the History Blog, “it is the oldest surviving Latin commentary on the Gospels.”
De Gruyter has kindly provided an entire English translation of the work. For those interested in the Gospels and early Christian interpretation of them, this is a wonderful resource.
Can you we define our own success? Many certainly try. Some, for example, find success in wealth and prestige, while others find it in living the minimalistic life. In both cases, success is determined by us: either the culture who affirms that being “rich” equals success or by the subculture that argues that living minimalistically equals success.
But can success really be something that we define individually? 
How should we define success? Can we define it as individuals or should we let the broader collective of humanity define it? To my mind, stating the question this way creates a false dichotomy. [Read more…] about Can We Define Our Own Success?