I just read in the news today that the owner of Sweetcakes in Oregon is closing down its business after a same-sex couple was refused service. The state has a provision on the law books that prevents denial of private business services based on sexual orientation. The debate has its supporters and opponents, with one side screaming 'INTOLERANCE!', though I am not sure why the other side is not doing the same.
During my usual quick read-through the scriptures, I normally plow through the Word for familiarity, not deep study. But this morning, I was not able to get past a verse of scripture dealing with life in the Lord, death, faith, and more. The verse was 2 Samuel 14:14:
Americans are always looking for a magic bullet. Whether it is money, health, or spiritual growth. We can spot these all around us if we look, and I know that there was a time when I was a victim of the mentality myself. I was in college studying biology, chemistry, physics and the like.
For today's article, I wanted to resurrect a letter that I wrote almost five years ago. To set the stage, I had just graduated with my doctors degree and I was teaching at Bucknell University. I was always in contact with several of my teachers from High School and I noticed that my old principal was still at the school, so I sent an email detailing my academic accomplishments.
The world is abounding with news of the end of the world. Some people are really freaked out about it and others are comically planning 'End of the World' parties. That is expected as Peter says that scoffers will come and make light of the end of the world predictions (2 Peter 3:3-9). But Christ says that no one will know when the end will arise (Matthew 24:36). So I do believe we are in the final days, but that could days, months, or even years off yet. I do not know for sure and neither does any appropriately educated Christian.