The Sin of Certainty

sin of certaintyJust a few months back, Peter Enns new book hit shelves, The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. Thanks to HarperOne for the review copy!

The book serves as a kind of “part 2” to Enns’ previous release, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read Italso from HarperOne. Whereas the former gets a little more into the critical scholarship of engaging Scripture, The Sin of Certainty, gets more into the personal story of Scripture, as well as into Enns’ own story. This I appreciated greatly. Continue reading

An Altered Understanding of a Violent God

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With all the continued shootings and mass killings that take place in America and around the world, it truly takes a toll on one’s mind and soul. It is deeply disturbing. In light of such, I have continued to ponder the ways of violence being contrary to what we know of God in Jesus, the Messiah.

The words in quotes below come from a man who was once a religious fundamentalist who used violence to get things done for his God.

One day, as he journeyed to violently kill others in the name of his God, his life was altered. He came to find out his violent concept of God was wrong and his message was, thus, changed forever.

Ponder these. Continue reading

The Sports Dollar: What We, Fans, Don’t Want to Hear

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It’s a specific time of year. No, I do not speak of Independence Day, nor of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, though these are all events happening this July. I speak of NBA summer trade deals currently going on.

Here is the crazy thing, at least for me: I’m reading about folk who are not “superstars” but are getting signed for close to $30 million a year! Not a four- or five-year contract for that much, but being paid that much over a period of twelve months. One person being paid that much money in one year – superstar or not – is mind boggling!

[Update: The whole sporting world finally heard from Kevin Durant who has decided to take his game to Golden State making a cool $54.3 million over the next two years.]

I’ve actually been wanting to do this for some time now. Reading about recent trade deals has propelled me to do so. Continue reading