Values

Questions of right or wrong, good or evil, are answered in wide variations of ethical and moral systems. Ethical systems consist of principles of conduct: how we behave in various situations of life and why we behave in one particular way given that other options of behavior are available to us. The principles of conduct  are themselves formed by our …

Grace Alone

And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “Yahweh.” And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy (Exodus 33:19).Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed, “Yahweh, Yahweh, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding …

The Church Defined

What is church? The more telling question is, Who is church? And the biblical answer: All persons who have been united to the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, death, resurrection, ascension and return in power and glory at the end of this age. This answer is not the result of a survey of people who go to church. Church …

Worldview Part 2

You must allow the queen to pet each six of the zebras. Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country. A quick brown fox just jumped over the very lazy dog. You must all the queen to pet each six of the zebras as well as the fifteen giraffes. Now is the …

What Is a Worldview?

What is a worldview? A generally synonymous expression is a philosophy of life. A less common way of expressing it: a worldview is a person’s religion.  Religion is not limited to such descriptors as Buddhism, Islam or Christianity or atheism (yes, atheism is a worldview and a religion). A religion is a set of beliefs that bind all of life …

Presuppositions: Where We Begin

It is not a profound insight, but it is important to make the point: Everyone has a starting point in terms of what they believe. Every worldview has a starting view, a belief at the beginning that exerts considerable influence over all the other beliefs that follow as a matter of due course. Whether rationalism, relativism, empiricism, pluralism or atheism, …