Where's Your Joy?

Two years ago, I saw the most remarkable thing I’ve ever seen in church.  I was completely taken aback.  It was after the service.  I had decided to stay a few minutes and say a few prayers, to spend some time with the Lord.  I was sitting about halfway up on the left hand side of the church.  When I turned to leave, I noticed that there was only one other person in the church at that moment, a young woman who was sitting on the right side of the church toward the back.

Can God Be Vulnerable?

Let me pose a “does a tree falling in a forest with nobody around to hear it make a sound” kind of question: Can God be vulnerable?  Well, on the one hand, obviously not.  He’s all-powerful.  Immortal.  Transcendent.  By nature, one of the most obvious things about God is that He is immune to any weakness, pain, or rejection.  But if this is true, then He isn’t affected by anything that happens to us.  In which case, He’s indifferent to us.  In which case, He can’t be a God of infinite goodness and love.  So, on the other hand, being a God of love, obviously yes.  He can—He has to be—vulnerable.  Uggggggh!  Which is it?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  One of the most popular passages in the Bible is the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11.  Here’s why.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Last week, many churches celebrated the “Baptism of the Lord”.  In churches that follow a liturgical calendar, the readings that follow the Christmas season focus on the baptism of Jesus, the start of His public ministry.  One of the readings that is often used is a passage from the beginning of Mark’s gospel that describes Jesus’ baptism. (Mark 1:9-11)  This passage reveals a stunning truth that, for most of my life, I always missed.

How Are You?  And Does God Care?

How are you?  We ask this question all the time, from the stranger passing us on the street to the people we know best.  But most of the time, we don’t really want to know.  We don’t want to stop and find out how people are really doing.  Most of the time, we expect them to say nothing more than, “Good, thanks.  How are you?”, and move on.  Most of the time, this question is nothing more than a polite greeting, another way of saying “Hello”.  Why?  Why don’t we want to know how people are?

How Can It Be That Jesus is Truly God and Truly Human?

How can it be?  The central claim of Christian faith is that Jesus is God incarnate.  God in the flesh.  The eternal Son of God in human form.  The Second Person of the Trinity made man.  The prologue of John’s Gospel declares that: “The Word (who is God) became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (Jn 1:1, 14)  The creed professes Jesus as God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God.  But how can it be?  How can it be that Jesus is both true God and true man?  Fully human and fully divine?

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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