The Bill Nye + Ken Ham Debate (A Reaction)

The Bill Nye + Ken Ham Debate (A Reaction)

Which is it? Is the earth 6,000 years old (4,000 post Noah’s Flood) or is it 4,530,000,000 years old?

What does either answer imply?

The question of origins is a question that comes and goes for me, one I like to toy with, pretend to answer, and then put away for another day.

We friends were curious to hear what Bill Nye and Ken Ham would say about these things; we remembered after dinner and all of a sudden that the debate would be on.

The hinge question in the debate was: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today‚Äôs modern, scientific era?”

Jenny said it best: Continue reading

A Thin Violence in the Desire to Influence?

A Thin Violence in the Desire to Influence

The way is down, friends. This way to freedom.

What does it mean to “influence?” The dictionary reads: “…the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.”

How do we look at it, at the process of influence? What’s our first visual image? Someone with charisma and someone with a little less than? Someone with a good answer and someone with a little less than? Someone with _______ and someone with a little less than?

Is it the “strong” making something happen in the “weak?”

But, friends, what is “strong?” What is Continue reading

Living in Christ’s Presence by Dallas Willard (Book Reaction)

(Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God)

Whose voice can help us pay better attention to Jesus and the restoration that Jesus brings? I think Dallas Willard sits well on the list.

I’ve been an appreciative reader of Willard for a few years now and had the privilege to meet him at an event in Wichita, KS. There in passing, he held the door for me and in slight hallway conversation I saw a thin glimpse of this man being in his core what his writings try to bring about in others.

As others have said, there is something about Dallas Willard that is truly alive and there’s something about his writing that connects the words of Jesus even more firmly to the disciple.

Living In Christ’s Presence is an overview book, a glimpse of Continue reading

Surveying the Way of Jesus within the American spiritual desert.