Unlike physical maturity, spiritual maturity is not something that develops with age. Unless a person has some kind of medical issue, they will naturally grow and develop over time. Spiritual maturity is quite different. It is not tied to age, intelligence, ability, or emotional development. I’ve known young people who are very mature and wise […]

Two Keys to Spiritual Maturity — Looking at All Things Biblically

Some of us have weird habits. Maybe they’re mild and quirky—the kind of thing we admit when we aren’t afraid to laugh at ourselves. Perhaps they’re a bit stranger, like something we might only disclose to someone we trust. Many of them seem to be fairly innocuous. Take the following list as an example, where […]

Three Habits We Need This Year — Looking at All Things Biblically

Lots of people think of Christian Apologetics as a highly-specialized discipline requiring years of training and study. Some apologists do that. But the biblical writers also tell us that everyone should be willing to share their faith–and be able to defend it if necessary. Peter gives us some of the most famous verses dealing with […]

Christian Apologetics is for Normal People — Looking at All Things Biblically

There are a lot of different parenting styles out there. Helicopter parents hover over their kids to protect them from life, essentially preventing them from developing risk-assessment skills. Tiger parents are authoritarian and maintain ridiculous expectations to drive their kids toward success, while their opposites—known as elephant parents—nurture emotional connections and prize encouragement and support. […]

What Families Need. Yours, Too. — Looking at All Things Biblically

One of the premier resources on the Internet for biblical criticism is The Skeptics Annotated Bible. This website was put together by author Steve Wells, who decided to start the project a year after walking away from the Roman Catholic faith. (He tells some of his personal story in an interview on the Friendly Atheist […]

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible: A Review — Looking at All Things Biblically

What makes a good commercial? Often, it’s humor. Beer commercials just about had the market cornered on this for a long time. Sometimes, it’s something that gives you an “A-ha” moment. Farmer’s Insurance has a series of commercials where actor J. K. Simmons demonstrates examples where the company has covered claims of extremely improbable scenarios, […]

Community in the Early Church — Looking at All Things Biblically

Christianity is a counter-intuitive religion. So much about the Christian faith flies in the face of human nature: to be great, you must become a servant; to be strong, you must defer to others; love, not power, is the greatest of virtues; to destroy your enemies, make them your friends—and to help them, pray for […]

Homosexuality in Christianity and Islam — Looking at All Things Biblically

There are a lot of folks online, and it has grown almost exponentially since the last part of the 20th century. The number of cell phone and internet users has grown from only a fraction of one percent of the world’s population to over fifty percent in just thirty years. In 1990, the world had 12.5 […]

Using the Internet with Wisdom — Looking at All Things Biblically

Some people view imitation as a negative thing. Books and movies that appear too similar to previous productions can be labeled with dreaded words like “derivative” and “unoriginal.” In the western world, we like to be imaginative, innovative, and unique. But in Christianity, imitation can be a very good thing. Paul told the Corinthians to […]

Imitation is More than Flattery — Looking at All Things Biblically