What is sin?

In a christian standpoint the term Sin is separation from God. If a man does not believe in God, he uncoupled from also connected to it ethical apparatus. Certain norms and rules do not apply to him so automatically, such as the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt not kill, it says what a devout Christian would…

When two or three

When two or three are together in my name, I am there among them. So Jesus is reproduced in the New Testament. In late service on Sunday we were three visitors. And a pastor. Embarrassing it was not, but somehow quite personal. After a short two other guests were added. A child could wish for…

Feeling guilty today on Reformation day?

Maybe you have a bad conscience today. Who knows why. So you’re in good company. Then Martin Luther, we do celebrate Reformation Day today in the commemoration, also suffered a massive bad conscience. However, his concern was more holistic and also religious. The question was, how can stand before God a human being, even if…

Church or sleep?

For many people, the Sleeping has a great charm on Sunday, especially after a stressful week at work. After that, perhaps a leisurely breakfast and later in the afternoon to do something. One can understand. However, there are churches that start a little later, at 11 am and some on Sunday evening also a church…

New wine in old church buildings

All over the country small churches are growing while the large buildings that once housed them decay. This week saw the publication of the first national survey of England’s places of worship. The English Heritage survey, which documents the state of 14,500 church buildings from Gothic Anglican confections to nonconformist chapels and Quaker meeting houses, finds…

Your church is dirty….

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Have you ever gone to a church that you would classify as dirty? Maybe not physically…

Some Faith Leaders Offer Women More Than Prayer

One in 33 American women who attend church regularly have received some form of sexual advance by a religious leader, according to a recent study by the Baylor University School of Social Work. Valencia Bey, who experienced sexual abuse by a faith leader, tells her story of survival. Bey is joined by Baylor University Professor…

The off-message pontiff

If there is one leader on earth who ought to be sending out clear and unequivocal messages, then it is surely the pope. Yet, once again, the signals from Benedict and the Vatican this week have been oddly confusing. In his written clarification of the pope’s remarks aboard the plane taking him to Africa, his spokesman, Father…

America chose Obama

“Well, here we are on the other side. A watershed moment. An historic election. And we, the American people, have made our choice. –  Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States, and the nation’s first black president. And in elections across the country, Democrats won their seats in the Senate. When…

Does God allow hard things?

“There are times when life is hard, and answers are few.  When situations happen that challenge the core of who we are and what we believe.  When doubts plague our minds and trouble our souls. We ask where is God and will he meet the needs of my life.  Will he reach down and stop…