I’ve had some pretty amazing spiritual experiences over the last couple years. I have been visited by many saints in heaven, including some I knew as mortals. I have had many out-of-body experiences, and have sometimes journeyed to other times and places while awake. I have had some very vivid experiences with the Holy […]Read more "“Help My Unbelief!”"
Can God be known? Or is God forever a mystery, completely beyond what humans can comprehend? The Bible gives us some insight on this in the book of Acts. When he is brought before the Greek high court and asked to explain himself, Saint Paul starts by telling the Athenians, “I see how extremely religious […]Read more "Can God Be Known?"
According to a popular bumper sticker, “stuff happens.”1 And there’s a lot of truth to that. A lot of things (both good and bad) happen that seem to defy explanation. One of the easiest ways to tell the various religions apart is the way they respond to this “stuff.” In that vein, I have […]Read more "“Stuff Happens”: A Comparative Guide to Religions"
I have a confession to make: I don’t like public confession of sins. Confession to a priest has always seemed unnecessary to me, since I believe we can confess directly to God – and receive absolution directly from God. But even the corporate confession of sin in the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal liturgies has bothered […]Read more "“You Are Not Exempt”: What Jesus Showed Me About the Collective Nature of Sin"
Do we need a government, or are we better off in an anarchist society? This isn’t as easy of a question to answer as many might suppose. The arguments in favor of government are pretty well-known. Government is necessary, we’re told, to help restrain evil. Without armed officials, there would be nothing to stop people […]Read more "“Give Caesar His Due?” Christian Faith and the Limits of Government"
My view of the afterlife has changed pretty dramatically over the last couple years. At one point, I was fairly certain I had it figured out. The wicked simply died, and did not return. The righteous were “asleep,” awaiting a physical resurrection at some point in the future. In the meantime they were just […]Read more "“With What Kind of Body?”: Reincarnation and Resurrection Revisited"
The traditional rendering of the Apostles’ Creed has a very strange-sounding line in it. Speaking of Jesus, it says that He “was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” It goes on to speak of the resurrection, but in between these lines […]Read more "The Harrowing of Hell: What Really Happens Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday"