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Is God sovereign?

January 4, 2013 // 270 Comments

A friend of mine lost several million dollars in a bad investment. He is well into his seventies and this was his retirement money, so this was a big blow. What happened? He took some bad financial advice and put his money where he shouldn’t have. But my friend doesn’t see it like that. He told me, “God is [...]

Does God Kill Babies?

November 29, 2010 // 51 Comments

“And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill… Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died.” (2 Sam 12:15,18) Now there’s a troubling verse! Does God really kill babies? Some would say “Yes,” because God is on the throne and nothing [...]

Does God Give Bad Gifts?

July 26, 2010 // 24 Comments

Does God give us sickness, poverty, and recessions? Should earthquakes, tsunamis and acts of terrorism be interpreted as his divine judgment on a sinful world? Does God kill babies? Are these dumb questions? You might think so except that many sincere Christians believe all these terrible things are from God. In [...]

Six Zeroes

January 14, 2013 // 18 Comments

Escape to Reality has just passed a milestone – check out the Blog Stats in the right-side column. A short while ago it had six zeroes in it. Being a male, I get a kick out of round numbers. For instance, if we’re out driving I might start a conversation like this: “Look, honey, the odometer’s about to [...]

Who are the Nicolaitans among us?

September 5, 2019 // 25 Comments

The Nicolaitans are the boogeymen of the Bible. Since the scriptures say almost nothing about them – except that they were false teachers whose deeds Jesus hated (see Rev. 2) – they are a blank sheet onto which we can write just about anything. If there is a group in the church that disagrees with the [...]

What is the Sign of the Son of Man in heaven?

October 18, 2018 // 23 Comments

What do you make of these words of Jesus? Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30) What is this prophecy about? And what is the sign of the Son of [...]

How Religion Makes Us Stupid (And Jesus Makes Us Wise)

January 19, 2017 // 67 Comments

Religion is an endless car race and I have a trackside seat. I smell the fumes of religious ambition, and I hear the sickening crunch of condemnation. The religious race goes on and on, and I get to watch people slamming into the hard wall of rules and unforgiveness. I don’t particularly want to watch this, but [...]

They will not taste death

December 8, 2016 // 27 Comments

Jesus said some of his disciples would live forever and wander the earth as ageless immortals. No, wait. Did he really? It sounds like the plot of an Indiana Jones movie but the truth is no less exciting. Here is what Jesus actually said: Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will [...]

90+ Scriptures about the Final Coming of Jesus

November 2, 2016 // 31 Comments

Here is every New Testament scripture on the second or final coming of Jesus, a.k.a. the coming of the Son of Man, the day of the Lord, etc. Unless otherwise stated all scriptures are from the NASB.  This list is a work-in-progress. Feel free to submit suggestions using the comment form below. Matthew 16:27 For [...]

12 reasons why a sentimental Hell appeals

May 2, 2013 // 130 Comments

I have never written about hell and once this series is done I may never write about it again. Fact is, unless you are a smug, self-righteous, look-at-me-God-I’m-impressive kind of law-loving wing-nut, you don’t need to know anything about it. What you do need to know is the good news. Problem is, many of us [...]

The root of obedience

March 26, 2013 // 30 Comments

The other day I was walking with my girls to a playground. We were walking along a waterfront esplanade that is sometimes used by goods vehicles. My girls were ahead of me and with all the noise and excitement they didn’t notice a van approaching from the right. In a loud voice I told them to stop and they did. [...]

What is holiness? (Hint: It’s better than you think!)

May 23, 2012 // 86 Comments

“Holiness is avoiding sin. It’s being set apart from the world and staying undefiled.” Or so we’ve been told. The problem with defining holiness like this is that it doesn’t actually describe a God who is holy. God was holy long before there was any sin to avoid. He was unblemished before there were [...]