INSIGHTS

Don Barkley

Why Doesn’t God Stop the Horrible Things That Happen?

“In some ways as I read the Bible for the first time, it seems that God is not a very good Father. Is that disrespectful?” “No, it’s a sincere question.  Thanks for your honesty.” “Like, why doesn’t God stop the horrible things that happen in the world?  There’s the killing

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John Hopper

A Hangover Question

It was a hangover question. Not the kind that gets asked after too much to drink, but the kind that couldn’t get fully addressed in a previous meeting. The setting was a beautiful backyard with tall pines and a bright blue pool. Circled around a patio fireplace were about 30

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Don Barkley

Is There Any Archaeological Evidence for Jesus?

“Don, is there any archaeological evidence that Jesus ever walked this earth?” “Great question!  I think the best evidence consists of early written accounts about Jesus.” “I guess I was thinking more like old buildings where he lived, or ruins, or his possessions…” “You mean actual things that were clearly

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Don Barkley

Wasn’t the New Testament Written in the 2nd Century?

“Don, I’ve read that the New Testament was written years, even generations, after the first century, and that it couldn’t have been written by Jesus’ disciples.” “I’ve read that too.  And that’s what I remember being taught by a pastor when I was a teenager.” “So is that what you

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Don Barkley

“Which is true: the Bible or the Big Bang?”

“I love this question.  I love to talk about the Big Bang.” “Why?” “It is wonderful, and it fits beautifully with what the Bible says.  Why?  Because of what the Big Bang model says: There was nothing…then there was everything.” “But there were some atoms and molecules before the explosion.”

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Don Barkley

Does Everything Happen for a Reason, Really?

“Don, I have a problem with the statement religious people make…. When bad things happen, I hear them say ‘Everything happens for a reason.’  I wonder about that. A child is molested, or a person dies in a wreck, and the Christian says, ‘You have to remember: Everything happens for

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John Hopper

COVID-19 & Keeping Fear at Bay

COVID-19 has rattled the world in which we live and with it fears of all kinds have risen to the surface. What do we do with these fears and how can we live in the midst of them? Begin by Fearing Things in the Right Order We all fear things.

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