“a simple act of kindness shown by a man who had lost nearly everything.It’s what that man has since received in return that makes his story even more inspiring.”
“I like to tell people that the bad news is that sin is a bigger problem than most people realize (even Christians). Yet the good news is that God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ is also much greater than most people realize (even Christians).”
For my Christian readers, have you ever been deeply disappointed by other Christians? I hope you haven’t, but if you haven’t been disappointed by other Christians, then you are probably an exception…
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Most of my readers know my personal connection to Mormonism; I have six half-brothers and sisters who were raised in the Mormon faith. When I first become interested in Christianity, I investigated the claims of the gospels simultaneous to my investigation of the Book of Mormon. While the gospels passed the test I typically apply to eyewitnesses, the Book of Mormon did not. My journey led me to trust the Jesus of Christianity but reject the Jesus of Mormonism. As a result, I’m interested in the stories of others who have become similarly convinced Mormonism is evidentially false.
One of the things I’ve noticed hanging around in church on and off the last 20 years or so is that it often seems to be the case the church leaders seem to value some people as leaders more than others. Specifically, it seems to me that church leaders prefer to put athletes and cheerleaders into leadership positions, and they tend to be skeptical of people who have intellectual conversion stories, and intellectual interests. I think I actually got the phrase “jocks and cheerleaders” from Dr. John Mark Reynolds when describing who churches tend to prefer, so I’m not just making this up.
But not everyone sees things that way. Of all the people I’ve met or read, I probably agree with Terrell Clemmons the most. And if I disagree with her, then I usually find out that she is right later…
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