Sunday, December 17, 2006


The new web address for my blog is

Please come visit me and leave your wonderful comments......
Also, please change my address on your blog if you have me listed...THANKS!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Big Move

I will soon be moving to my new website, thanks to Bruce. I will post my new website early next week. Again, thanks to Bruce D. for all his help and time spent getting it ready.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

So This is the Good News

Thanks to Mike Williams website for the following observation.......

So this is the "Good News"...

An angry God coming any day now to destroy this sin-infested planet?
A "loving" Father in heaven watching our every move and weighing every thought, ready to dole out much needed chastisement?
Standards of behavior impossible to perform forcing facades, judgmental attitudes, negative self-esteem, and strained relationships.
Fear and uncertainty about loved ones and friends doomed to an eternal tormented existence in hell.
Daily feelings of shame and guilt robbing peace and joy, leading to emotional instability and culminating in mental illness.
"Us versus Them" mentality.
And on and on and on . . . they call this good news? Sounds more like "evil" news to me.

Now I understand why many non-Christians want no part of this gospel.

Friday, December 08, 2006


If I John 4:8 is true and I Corinthians 13:8 is true, then why do inerrantists believe God will eternally torment any of his creation?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Third Option

If you’ve been celebrating this amazing gospel of grace for any length of time, you’ve probably heard from someone or read in some article that either people in today’s Christian churches really don’t believe in Hell or they’re the meanest, most cruel people in the world. You know, if they believe in Hell, why aren’t they out there 24 hours a day evangelizing. I mean if all those people who don’t become Christians are going to Hell, why wouldn’t you want to tell them how to “get saved”.
Well, I’d like to offer a third option. Having grown up in church, a fundamental, conservative, evangelical one, I think there is another option here. I have talked to several others who believe now as I do, and have found something interesting. If you have been exposed to fundamentalist, conservative, ideas about God, and the Bible, after a time you become pessimistic, even a fatalist concerning the fate of people and the world in general, maybe, even about yourself, according to what you have been taught by the church.
Certainly, part of that teaching includes the fact that in reality it is very difficult to get to heaven. Not only do you have to make the decision to accept Christ as your personal savior, but make it soon after you reach that “age of accountability”. If you should die before making your “decision”, you have no chance to go to heaven. If you are fortunate enough to make your “decision” in time, you will find that’s not all there is to it. Many churches make certain rituals a part of the requirements. You still might not make it if you don’t continue to live a life free of sin; or at least if you sin, you must ask for forgiveness and mean it, repenting (turning away from your sin). Of course, there are some sins worse than others and please don’t commit the unpardonable sin (whatever that is), for you will have no chance of heaven.
Are you beginning to get the picture? I think the third option is to OPT OUT! I have seen this happen to Christian friends. He, the generic “he”, has become weighed down with guilt put upon him by the church. He is overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to live the “Christian” life. He cares for other people and is quite the humanitarian, but is that enough? He feels the burden of tithing even if he doesn’t tithe, of sacrificial giving to this cause and that in the church, of waking up every day worried about not sinning today, of constantly working to “fix” himself, “doing” enough to be worthy of heaven. The church tells him you’re NOT worthy, you never will be, but Jesus will take note of all you do for the Lord and if it’s enough, you’ll be alright. After several years of this, the Christian becomes weary, worn out, and tired of fighting “the good fight”. He raises a shield around himself to deaden the sounds and sights that cause him pain. If he pretends it’s not there, maybe it will go away; maybe it will not hurt so much. It hurts because deep down inside he feels like a failure. He can’t live the “Christian life” all the time. He can’t keep up with all his sin and failures to do the “right” thing (because he has to ask forgiveness for each and every one). Frustration is a constant companion to him. In the end, he becomes almost schizophrenic, one person at church, another person out in the world. He may finally give up completely, convinced that he can’t be good enough to make it to heaven. He resigns himself to the fact that God’s going to do what God’s going to do, and there’s nothing he can do about it. All he can do is hope that God is merciful and full of compassion, as the Psalmist said. He becomes a smile on Sunday, two-faced person. His family and friends think he’s fine, a fine upstanding Christian, while deep inside he cries for freedom from his pain. He hates himself for being that way, but doesn’t know a way out of his predicament. That’s the third option...............

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Trouble in Blogworld

I have discovered since moving my blog to Blogger-beta that I can't comment on Blogger blogs. Most of you would probably just as soon I didn't commment on your blog, LOL. This is only one of several problems I've had with Blogger. No one seems to know answers and contacting them is next to impossible......I surrender. I have asked Bruce for help establishing my own website and blog. Please be patient until my blog issues are resolved. HELP Bruce....

**UPDATE I have found a way comment on some Blogger blogs, but only if I can comment as "anonymous" and not have to sign in. SIGH......

Friday, December 01, 2006

Quotable Quotes

Here are some quotable quotes for your consideration:

One of the dangers from which the Church should pray to be delivered is idolatry of the letter of Scripture. The letter exists for the spirit, not the spirit for the letter. Literalism is the grave in which spiritual religion is buried. The New Testament is a book which is to be spiritually interpreted. --James M. Campbell

If we move in the direction of biblial absolutism ("the religion of the Book"), how can we escape turning the New Testament into a Christian Torah and the gospel into a new law? Once we do that, religious fascism with all its sectarian ugliness cannot be far away. Far better a mistaken Christian (a heretic) who has somehow caught the Spirit of Christ, than an orthodox Protestant who thinks that the Spirit is mediated to him through the letter of correct theology. --Robert D. Brinsmead

The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. 'The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.' The life is in the speaking words. God's word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God's Word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written word powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book. --A. W. Tozer

Knowing the Word of God does not necessarily mean that we know the God of the Word. --Chip Brogden

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Value of Religious Conviction

This needs no further explanation:
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said 'Stop! don't do it!' 'Why shouldn't I?' he said. I said, 'Well, there's so much to live for!' He said, 'Like what?' I said, 'Well...are you religious or atheist?' He said, 'Religious.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?' He said, 'Christian.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?' He said, 'Protestant.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?' He said, 'Baptist!' I said, 'Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?' He said, 'Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!' I said, 'Die, heretic scum,' and pushed him off. --Emo Phillips

Heretics, Inc;

Last night was a defining moment in my search for truth and freedom in Christ. Chaplain Roy and I met with George (Howell), Melting Paradigms for dinner in Dallas. What an experience! I had Geo all to myself for about an hour before Chaplain Roy arrived. Geo and I discovered how much our journeys parallel. We talked about the freedom we have found that cannot be taken away. I found Geo to be so accepting and loving of his fellow man. His insights are fantastic and I will certainly benefit from all of them. Words just can't express the joy that filled me as we talked and shared our lives and experiences. I can't wait for Geo's next trip to Texas. If you ever have the chance to meet Geo, DO NOT MISS IT! Bruce, SteveW, I envy you greatly!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Wages of Sin is Death

Our friend Roy brought up a very interesting point about that familiar verse of scripture, Romans 6:23

23 For the ration of Sin is death, yet the gracious gift of God is life eonian, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

I had thought the verse was talking about the result of Adam's sin. That is, the fact that we all will die because Adam's failure. Then, it hit me. Roy is right in his assessment of the verse. We live on this side of the cross. Those who lived on the other side were burdened with the result of Adam's sin. However, because we are on this side of the cross, the death that is spoken of is not our death, but the death which befell our savior, Christ Jesus. He took the result of Adam's sin, and all ours as well, on Himself. That's a whole new way of looking at the verse. He faced death for all sin and erased the effect of sin forever. Praise be to God!!

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