Life’s Questions in Rock and Roll

As weird as it may seem, life’s ultimate questions are often posed in rock-and-roll lyrics. Consider, for example, the 1969 hit, “And When I Die,” by the band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Like so many other poets, story-tellers, and just average human beings have questioned, “And When I Die” is all about the question of what happens when I die? As is often the case with the young, they can’t even imagine they will actually … Continue reading

Happy Bird Day!

My late mother had a tradition on Thanksgiving Day of greeting us with a hearty “Happy Bird Day!” Unlike Joy, I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My father was an atheist and my mother was a religious eclectic who bought into a variety of New Age beliefs before they were recognized as such. For us, Thanksgiving was a day off school, and except for my mother, it was a day off work. Even … Continue reading

Spirit in the Sky

On the way back from speaking at Wheatland Congregational Church in Wheatland, Michigan, the 1969 Norman Greenbaum song, “Spirit in the Sky,” kept popping into my head. As it happens, my friend Fred Slagle (who is the pastor of Wheatland) and I have similar personalities and share some common experiences. We are both part of the cry-baby boomer generation; we were not believers until we were married adults with children; and we both loved  … Continue reading

To Be or Not to Be – That is the Question

“Honest questions deserve honest answers, but dishonest questions don’t deserve any answers” is a bit of advice passed on to us by our friend and co-founder of Jews for Jesus, the late Jahn Moskowitz. It came at the end of a story he was relaying about a conversation he had with a Jewish atheist who raised an objection to Christianity. Would God reject the man’s “good” mother when she died if she didn’t receive the … Continue reading

To Their Own Destruction

Out of concern that the First Century believers were susceptible to deception, the Apostle Peter warned in chapter 3 of his second epistle to be careful of those who distort Scripture “…to their own destruction.” The ones Peter warns about here seem to be a different type than the false prophets in chapter two or the mockers in the early part of chapter three. In verse14-16 he writes: Therefore, beloved, since you look for these … Continue reading

Scientists Stumble over God

Genesis 1 and 2 give an overview of the creation of all things. The Gospel of John (John 1:1-3) points back to Genesis 1 and ascribes the creation to “the Word” – the Son of God – Who is by nature God. John 1:3 states that if the Word did not create any particular thing, then it wasn’t created and does not exist! Initially, science was based on the belief that God existed and created … Continue reading