As 2016 draws to a close, many people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. As for me, I won’t be making any resolutions, as the word itself seems a bit presumptuous. We can make plans, but things have a way of turning out differently than we expect! Nevertheless, I do have some things I […]Read more "Further into the Odd: My Goals for 2017"
I’ve had a change of heart about Santa Claus. As a young Christian, I didn’t care much for the idea. “If I ever have children, I’m not going to teach them about Santa,” I would say. “It’s a stupid pagan tradition that has nothing to do with Christmas. Kids should be learning about Jesus, not […]Read more "The Importance of Magic (Why Santa is Alright with Me)"
Is there such a thing as an unforgivable sin? Jesus seems to say that there is. In the gospel of Matthew, He tells the Pharisees, “People will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against a son of man will […]Read more "The Unforgivable Sin"
A couple of weeks ago, I published a short dictionary of theological and spiritual terms; now it’s time I do the same for political terms. So for those of you who don’t know the meaning a certain word or phrase in the current political discourse, here you go. Please remember, this is meant to be […]Read more "What it Really Means, Part Two: Oddkin’s Dictionary of Political Terms"
Why did Jesus have to die? Ask a Christian this question, and the answer you’re most likely to get is a short one: “Jesus died for our sins.” Ask what this means, and you’re likely to hear something like, “Jesus died to take the punishment we deserve for our sins. Now that our debt […]Read more "Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Atonement Theory in the 21st Century"