Weird Bible Verses: Did Angels Have Sex With Humans? (Genesis 6:1-4)

weird bible verses
Recently a friend shared that he was having a conversation with a skeptic who was questioning the Bible’s reliability. His friend said he couldn’t trust the Bible because of ridiculous passages like Genesis 6:1-4,

1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

My friend, understandably finding it hard to disagree with the weirdness of angels having sex with humans, asked for my thoughts about this passage. Here goes… [Read more...]

You Want Me To Bless People Who Freak Out On Me?

Here’s week three of our series “Simon Says.” The last time you were insulted, what was your comeback?

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The Best Of The Blogosphere For The Week Of May 26th


Think ChristianHere are the top 5 posts I read this week, plus one funny video.

1. John J. Thompson’s “The Devotional Intimacy Of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories” at Think Christian was some of the best theological reflection on contemporary culture I’ve read in a while.

2. Stephen Altrogge’s “An Interview With Sam Allberry About Dealing With Same-Sex Attraction In The Church” at The Blazing Center should be required reading for church leaders (and any parent raising a child that struggles with this issue).

3. Ann Voskamp’s “When You Feel Like You Just Keep Blowing It” at (In)Courage was an example of transparency at its best.

4. Ray Ortlund’s “‘One Anothers’ I Can’t Find In The New Testament” was a much needed corrective to the negativity we all fall into from time to time.

5. Donald Miller’s “Why 80% Of The Work You Do Is A Waste Of Time” was a good reminder that The Pareto Principle applies to lots of things other than business.

And finally, here’s the funniest video I watched this week:

Michael Behe To Speak At CCV July 6

Michael Behe
Regardless of where you stand on the creation – evolution debate, you won’t want to miss Dr. Michael Behe, one of the most well-known proponents of Intelligent Design in the United States, speak at CCV on July 6.

Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

Behe’s current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures.

In addition to publishing over 35 articles in refereed biochemical journals, he has also written editorial features in Boston Review, American Spectator, and The New York Times.

Darwins Black BoxHis book, Darwin’s Black Box, discusses the implications for neo-Darwinism of what he calls “irreducibly complex” biochemical systems. The book was internationally reviewed in over one hundred publications and recently named by National Review and World magazine as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century.

Dr. Behe will speak at each of CCV’s three services at 9, 10:15, and 11:30am. This event is free and open to the public.

Are People Born Wicked? (or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?)

born wicked
I’ve been thinking lately about my all-time favorite Broadway show – Wicked.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, Wicked tells what happened between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy showed up in Oz. It was funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

There’s a question Glinda asked early on in the play that I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately.

GLINDA
And Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked die alone
It just shows when you’re Wicked
You’re left only
On your own

Glinda WickedALL
Yes, Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the Wicked
They reap only
What they’ve sown

GLINDA
Are people born Wicked? Or do they have
Wickedness thrust upon them?

The rest of the play was a commentary on that single question.

What do you think?

What Word Best Describes What Your Church FEELS Like To You?

church
Over the past few months we’ve been working with a company called Plain Joe Studios to help us re-envision the look and feel of everything from our logo, to our website, signage, print literature, to the look and feel of our buildings.

What we’re hoping to come away from this process with is a unified look and feel to tell the story of what God is doing in and through our church.

One of the things Plain Joe did was perform an exhaustive survey of all of our active attenders. In this survey they asked people to “Pick a word that best describes what CCV feels like to you.”

This word collage (upper right) represents the unfiltered responses. Larger words were used more often. Smaller words were used less often.

Honestly, I wasn’t surprised at all by the way people described the environment of our church. I love the people at CCV. They are everything this picture describes, and more. If only every pastor had the privilege of serving such a wonderful group of people.

What word best describes what your church feels like to you?

Mary Oliver On Living Without Regrets

New and selected poems
“When Death Comes”

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

- Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol 1.

 

The Best Of The Blogosphere For The Week Of May 19th

Marriage in United States
Here are the top 5 posts I read this week, plus one funny video.

1. Nancy French’s “Fifty Percent of All Marriages End in Divorce” (and Other Myths) was an eye-opening post that shows why we can’t place blind faith in statistics.

2. Carey Neiuwhof’s “7 Signs Your Church Is Making Inroads With Unchurched People” was a counter-intuitive look at how unchurched people act and impact a church.

3. Tania Runyun’s “That Woman Is Gone: Discovering Postpartum Depression” was a moving look inside the silent struggle of so many women.

4. Ed Stezer’s “The State of Evangelism” was an ominous analysis of the reasons why American Christians are not evangelizing the lost.

5. We Are THAT Family’s “How To Wake Up From the American Dream (You Might Not Even Know You’re Sleeping Through)” forever changed the way I’ll look at the bikes hanging in my garage.

And finally, this church lady has some mad skills. Enjoy…

One Second Is All That Divides Us

all that divides us
A thought for my skeptical friends:

One of the reasons you reject Christianity is because you have been taught to be skeptical of things you cannot test with your five senses: things you cannot see, taste, touch, smell, or hear. Everything beyond that is mere speculation, you tell people of faith.

But what if there’s something ajar with the very thing you use to assimilate and assess the data you receive through your five senses – namely, your cognitive functioning?

What if you’re biased?

What if in the same way you say Christians are biased towards believing what they can’t see, taste, touch, smell, or hear, you are biased in the opposite direction?

Let’s get to the very heart of the issue.

What existed one second before the big bang?

For all the scholarly speculation about the origins of the universe one second after the big bang, why stop there? Why is it suddenly irresponsible for Christians to speculate what existed one second before the big bang? [Read more...]