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America’s Founders

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Humanity’s Futile Attempt to Regain Paradise

The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.  Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us.  There is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height.  We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. … Continue reading

The Founding of America: Secular or Christian?

This blog post is part of a chapter in my book, The Narrow Way: Biblical and Historical Proof that God IS Great, which is a response to Christopher Hitchens’ book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. There’s been a running debate over the ideological foundations behind the founding of America. What was the source of … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful? Caring About the Heart of God in an Age of Apostasy

  My new book will be released nationwide on September 29, 2015. It will also be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and other online book sellers. Did you know you don’t have to abandon God to be unfaithful to Him? You just have to ADD other lovers! This is what the ancient Israelites did. … Continue reading

Why Virginia Heffernan is Right to Side with the Scriptures Over Science.

I would like to stand by Virginia Heffernan, a Harvard-educated, former staffer for the New York Times, Slate, Harper’s and The New Yorker, and now a national technology correspondent for Yahoo News, who recently wrote a column entitled, “Why I Am a Creationist.” Because of her stance, she has received derisive and mocking criticism from … Continue reading

Are Christians Stupid?

Atheists often treat Christians like hillbillies, incapable of intellect, reasoning skills, or logic. Is this a fair assessment of Christians, or have Christians been the leaders in producing intellectual discourse? Last month I purchased a used library book entitled, The American Intellectual Tradition, A Sourcebook, Volume I:1630-1865,  published by the Oxford University Press and edited by David … Continue reading

Enlightenment Thinkers Were Racists

Christopher Hitchens appeared on an interview with Bill Maher where he built up Jefferson and Paine as great philosophers and thinkers. He’s also spoken in debates about the just society he thought would be created by the likes of Jefferson, Hume, and Spinoza. In that same interview he excoriates Mormonism as a “crackpot organization,” because … Continue reading

Thomas Paine’s Use of the Bible

Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense, which is credited with being the catalyst for the American Revolution, is considered to be a hero of secularists because he was a skeptic of the Bible. He was a deist, so he believed in God, but he didn’t believe that God was active in history. To deists, … Continue reading

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.