Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Credibility as a teacher, take 3

I've been reading a book about prayer. Some of the points the author makes are good and needed. But there are examples of sloppy wording, or things that just don't line up with standard biblical scholarship, such that when people who are educated about the Bible (either formally in seminary or self-taught through extensive reading and study of scholarly sources) see these easy-to-avoid mistakes, it ends up with the author shooting himself in the foot when it comes to credibility. 

Saturday, June 22, 2024

How not to engage online if you really want to inform people

I recently had an interaction in a thread on Facebook within a private group. I'm not sure how to describe it—talking past each other, talking in circles, or close-mindedness and unwillingness to interact in good faith. I admit I probably didn't do the best in my interaction (I can tend to be pedantic, especially when people aren't precise enough with their definitions), but the way my interlocutor carried himself is a good example of how not to handle a discussion if you actually want to have your point be considered.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

On Prayer

I recently saw a YouTube video where the guest was being interviewed about the importance of prayer. 

Now, prayer is definitely an essential part of living out the Christian faith. Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, and He responded with what is popularly known as "The Lord's Prayer." Paul wrote in many of his letters about the importance of prayer.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Is the devil really telling you to keep scrolling?

Have any of you been seeing memes like these on social media? I've seen several over the past few days. All of the ones below, in fact, were shared by one friend on Facebook.

They appear pious on the surface. Because it is true that Satan would like nothing more than for God's people to be quiet and silenced, to not speak boldly the truth of the gospel message, to cower zip their lips so as to avoid being mocked or laughed at.

The problem is, these memes seem to suggest that Jesus wants you to share this image, and Satan wants yoo to keep scrolling without sharing it. 

But there is absolutely no gospel content in these memes to make them worth sharing! 

None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Big, fat goose egg.