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Men Eat Meat

‘Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening.’
-1 Kings 17.6
Elijah unleashed his prophetic message upon the unsuspecting King. That short and single word did more to upset Ahab’s political-religious agenda than all the internal pundits and foreign powers combined. God now tells Elijah to go hide – and Elijah obeys.
He gets out of the public view and feeds himself on the meat that ravens bring him. Now some scholars argue that the Hebrew word translated as ‘raven’ may be an alternative word for ‘Arab’. So, it could’ve been Arabs that were giving this Israeli prophet food. (Which some may cheekily quip is a greater miracle.)
It was important that Elijah ate meat. He was a man who was not yet done his mission and he needed strength for his upcoming confrontations with the idols of Baal and Ashtoreth. Men need meat.
Now before I get attacked by some nightmarish mob of vegan feminists, I will concede that women also should eat meat and that Elijah didn’…

It's the Theology

Thank you to those of you who contacted me after the recent terrorist attack outside of Parliament and asked about the well-being of my family and I. We’re alive! We live north of London and were many miles from the tragic incident.
Those who live in North America may have the impression that Europe is completely overrun by violent, Islamists posing as refugees. But this is an exaggerated perspective. Most Muslims I know were here with their families long before the crisis in Syria and are moderate and peace-loving in their views. 
That’s not to say there are no violent radicals here in Europe – there certainly are. I don't want to minimise the trouble that some Europeans have experienced by poorly planned immigration policies. But violence is not the norm in my experience. 
If you have no Muslims among your friends, I would encourage you to try and make some.

I want to remind my Christian friends about priorities. It is understandable that secular people – whose joy is in t…

Who is Really this World's God?

'As the LORD, God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand.’-Elijah, 1 Kings 17
Does the devil rule our generation?
Read what Elijah says. Ahab and Jezebel led Israel into the dark jungle of idolatry. They did so with greater zeal than any of the Kings before them. Baal and Ashtoreth were worshipped in the field and in the temple. Paganism had displaced the YHWHism as the chief moral, social, political, and religious power in the land. And yet, Elijah still sees and proclaims YHWH to be Israel’s God.
This is not because he is blind to the situation.
There are no rose-tinted glasses being worn by our prophet. He knows that society no longer maintains any of the spiritual and sexual values of days gone by. Like the God of heaven, he too smells the vomitus reek of incense being offered up to other gods in the name of progress and enlightened thinking. Yet, he looks at the land and still can say, ‘The LORD is God here.’
Jesus spoke of the evil one as ‘the prince of this world’ (John 14.…

Stand before the King

‘As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand’  -1 Kings 17.1
We all stand before someone or something. We wake up each morning with a circumstance or a person on our mind – a reference point that helps define who we are and how we act and react to the world around us. It’s something we want, something we love, or something we fear to lose.
Elijah was physically standing before the throne of Ahab, the most powerful man in his country. This King commanded armies and possessed the authority to have the prophet swiftly executed. Most of us would wet ourselves.
But Elijah wasn’t fazed. How? He had more than strong coffee flowing through him. His power came, not from what he drank, but what he saw. He had eyes of faith that had been cultivated by unseen hours spent in the secret place.
Elijah saw two thrones. He saw Ahab’s seat for what it was: a brief and fleeting thing. Beyond that, he saw the high and fiery throne that reigns forever unmoved in the granite halls of eternity. It w…

The Philip Fiasco

If you’re not a UK Christian, you may be excused for being ignorant of the Philip North dog pile this week. In that wild and wacky world of British Anglicanism, this was a man set to become a Bishop. There are a few elite perks to being a Bishop over here which include dressing as a pink Jedi.
Now as a Congregationalist, I could chuckle and wonder why anyone should be a Bishop in the first place. But let’s leave that fun for another time. In the Church of England being a Bishop means – in theory – having a significant degree of influence. Philip North was set to become the Bishop of Sheffield, but the problem was that he held to Biblical views of gender and sexuality. And that was simply too much for some – and the intoleristas began a smear campaign. In the midst of intense, personal attacks, North stepped down.
This got so big that Martin Bashir has an article on the BBC over the whole mess. He traces the source of this bullying back to the theologically liberal couple, Revs. Emma and…

Round Three: Letters to my Atheist Youth Leader

Hey, Rich. Thank you for your post (here).I was glad to see that we share a mutual appreciation of the metric system – a trait not shared by all our native countrymen. I was also glad to see that your response also touched on the subject of human value and meaning. 

These are weird notions for big clumps of cells like us to possess. As a Christian, I can give warrant for why I believe in value and meaning. But I'm curious how you - in your material Universe filled with atoms but void of fairies and deities - still hold to these notions. 
For example, musing on what is of real value you ask,
Think of Doctors Without Borders perhaps. These people literally give their lives to what they do. Is the reduction of suffering and the increase in happiness of these people of value?
The answer is no it isn’t.
Illusion of Value
In your pure materialist Universe, there is no more value in one blob of protoplasm flying from England to Uzbekistan to alleviate a subjective experience called pain than …