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Grow Up and Get Married

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General

A Skewed Caricature. "Move out of your parents' house, get a job, stop playing video games all day, stop sleeping with your girlfriend - grow up and get married!". I confess that I have never met the man or woman described in most sermons or blogs on singleness and the accompanying rants against the cultural phenomenon known as "extended adolescence."

Compassion for Satan?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Last week I received an email asking if we should feel some degree of compassion for Satan. The question arose from two observations: First, humans sin, and God has provided a means of redemption and forgiveness, but Satan is provided no such opportunity for his sin. Second, the Bible calls Satan our enemy but also tells us to love our enemy. Should we therefore pity and love Satan to some degree?

Does God Want His Children to Suffer?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Does God want His children to suffer? If so, how can He be a good and loving Father? If not, why do we suffer and is God somehow impotently removed from the sufferings of this life? Is it necessarily one or the other, as if the two are mutually exclusive and we must answer with an unqualified yes or no?

Grumblings and Gratitude

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Missions

Some lessons are hard to learn. I often need consistent reminders of things I have already "learned." I have loved my experiences at the guesthouse in which we have stayed on my first two trips to Uganda. Hot water, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, and nightly dinners in the lush courtyard have defined the Entebbe experience for me. I could do without the daily 6 a.m. avian wakeup call, but ...

Is God Unjust or Immoral for Ordering the Conquest of Canaan?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

A common contemporary objection to Christianity centers around the character of YHWH as described in the Old Testament. While protests abound in degree and diversity, many are in response to the divine prescription of Israel's invasion of the Promised Land. According to these objections, the God of the Old Testament is a mythical "moral monster" who orders the destruction of innocent peoples at ...

Did God Condone Polygamy in the Old Testament?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

How are we to interpret events and actions in the Scriptures which do not receive explicit judgment from the LORD? For example, the Old Testament mentions divorce and slavery and yet neither condones nor condemns the practices explicitly. The Old Testament law makes provision for divorce and yet Christ is clear that such separation of husband and wife is against the will of God (Matthew 19:1-12).

Should a Christian be Buried or Cremated?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The Bible is not explicit in condoning or condemning the act of cremation and thus we should be careful about making any absolute mandates beyond the text. While I think that neither is "right" nor "wrong," I do believe that burial is to be preferred for historical and theological reasons and thus I would always encourage it where possible and practical.

Bible Reading Plans

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General

With a new year come new resolutions.While the end of the year is not the only time for introspection, it certainly affords an opportunity to examine ourselves and see how we are doing in our pursuit of Christ. Of the resolutions of Christians, more prayer and Scripture reading probably tops the list. For those wishing to pray more, here is a blog with a host of resources on prayer that will help.

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