Current Issues

Question: Why historically have only men been ordained for the pastoral ministry?

Question: Why historically have only men been ordained for the pastoral ministry?

It’s not a question of whether or not one of the sexes can do it as well or better than the other.  It’s a question of orderliness, an order determined by God himself.  It’s a question of service to God and to one another that leads both Christian men and Christian women to respect God, respect his order and respect each other.

Question: How could a loving God allow Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma, and other disasters like it to cause so much pain and suffering to people in this world?

Question: How could a loving God allow Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma, and other disasters like it to cause so much pain and suffering to people in this world?

Maybe there’s been cycles of violence and heavier natural catastrophes than other periods of history, but all of it has been around to varying degrees.  Jesus merely wants every generation of people, especially Christians, to be vigilant of his return because it can come at any time.

Question: Why would God let this happen?

Question: Why would God let this happen?

In John 9, the disciples came across a man with a burden to bear and they asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither ... but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”, was Jesus’ reply.   Yes, not only does our Lord work things out for the good of his people, but he also causes his saving name to be glorified through the lives of his believers – including through the challenges they both face and handle by relying on his promises!

Question: What does it mean when people say, "I'm not religious, but I am spiritual."

Question: What does it mean when people say, "I'm not religious, but I am spiritual."

St. Augustine, a famous ancient church father, is quoted as saying: “You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”  That’s a rephrasing of Psalm 62:1, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”  We’re all “spiritual”.  Everybody is.  God has made us that way, body and soul.

Question: What happens to people who die while sinning?

Question: What happens to people who die while sinning?

Life can get ugly; our life can get messy; sin and sinful desires are what we all battle, even the strongest of Christians; sometimes we triumph over temptation with Christ’s help; sometimes we don’t; and I don’t want to undermine the seriousness of "when we don’ts" by giving the impression that sin is not something serious in the life of God’s people because it is. But sin has been defeated by Jesus when he came to this world as God’s ambassador on our behalf.