God is a consuming fire–is that a good thing?

Every Californian knows that we have a fifth season in our state: fire season. Our nearly non-existent rainfall and our protracted stretches of hot weather turn certain parts of our state into a veritable tinderbox that almost always ignites. Some years the fires cause scattered evacuations but little actual damage, and other years, like our […]

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Christian Hedonism (it’s a good thing)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (a summary of Christian beliefs from England in the 1600s) describes the ultimate purpose of mankind this way: “The chief end of man (men/women) is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” That’s a pretty remarkable statement. Our ultimate end/purpose is to enjoy God forever. I’ve known a lot of Christians […]

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What is deeper than our nine deepest needs?

Sociologists and anthropologists have identified nine fundamental human needs. They are, in order: subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity, and freedom. The order is important. When people are starving they don’t care about the other eight needs until their deep hunger is met. Once hunger is met; however, protection then moves to the top of […]

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