Mr. Oesteen’s Trinkets

It is wicked to teach that God promises material wealth in this earthly life if you will simply have enough faith. It is wicked because it is false, inasmuch as that is not a promise that God makes to every person, but it is also wicked because it makes too much of material wealth. The... Continue Reading →


Be Of Good Fear

It's worth noting how many times in the Christmas story people are told not to fear. Gabriel appears to Mary and says it, implying she must have looked scared. I would have, too. Angels don't look like babies with wings. Read Ezekiel. And an army of angels, a "host," blisters the night sky over a... Continue Reading →

Bound By Love

The closest thing in the world to free will is a man loving what he loves. Generally when people talk or write or think about free will, I think the implication is that there is an action with no cause except the will itself. I didn't stand up because someone pulled a string in my... Continue Reading →

26 Theses

This month, much of the Gospel-believing world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's putting up 95 theses, or statements, against the Roman Catholic application of "indulgences."  The 95 theses of October 31, 1517 were one in a fairly long line of objections to unbiblical teachings and emphases by Roman popes, cardinals, bishops, theologians,... Continue Reading →

Sentences 4

I've written a few installments of this (1, 2, and 3) and I enjoy it.  These are some one-sentence theological or philosophical propositions that I contend are true, delivered along with a head nod to Mr. Peter Abelard, and his Medieval book, Sentences. Everyone who wants to be God will end up hating God (see:  Pharaoh in Exodus, Herod... Continue Reading →

Some Little Kid Definitions Of Big Concepts

I think, generally, if you actually understand something you'll be able to to explain it to a young child.  And the flip side of that coin is that trying to explain something to a little kid can help you understand it better.   Some Christian parents, myself included, struggle at times to answer their 5-year-old's question about what... Continue Reading →

He Doesn’t Control Some Things

   That's right.  He controls all things.   Is a trumpet blown in a city,and the people are not afraid?  Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?  Amos 3:6 Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?  Is it not from the mouth of... Continue Reading →

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