For many of us who are followers of Jesus, COVID-19 has shaken up our rhythms of gatherings and life within the context of a church community. Many Christians have pushed back on governmental orders not to gather while quoting Hebrews 10:25. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage […]Read More Let Us Not Neglect Meeting Together
I grew up in the church. I have heard “The Beatitudes” read over and over again. Here is what they say: Matthew 5 NIV: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for […]Read More Thoughts on Justice and Persecution from the Beatitudes
Over the past couple of weeks, we have had famous Christian leaders take to social media to announce that they are leaving the Christian faith or are struggling with their faith. Joshua Harris (author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and Marty Sampson (worship leader and songwriter from Hillsong) have been the most notable. As they […]Read More When Someone Has Questions
“I would be willing to give up Christianity.” This was the thought that went through my mind at age 19. That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spotlight Losing my religion – R.E.M. I know that I was in the middle of a series about heresy, but I am taking a break from […]Read More Joshua Harris, Faith Deconstruction, Losing My Religion, & A Part of my Journey
If you have not read part 1 of this series, you will want to read it for the foundation of this conversation. Click here to read it: https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/there-is-less-heresy-in-christian-circles-than-people-think-part-1/ There are problems with saying, “the Bible clearly says…” about every view and doctrine that we hold. Modern science as we know it using logical data, research […]Read More There is Less Heresy in Christian Circles Than People Think! Part 2
A moment of vulnerability: Over the past 15 years, I have re-engaged with my faith in a fresh way. It started with me wrestling with what I believed generally about God and then led to me working out what I believed about the Bible. At a certain point, I landed a more orthodox perspective of […]Read More There is Less Heresy in Christian Circles Than People Think! Part 1
I grew up hearing the story of “The Tower of Babel”. Here is how it went… Humans refused to multiply and spread over the earth. They decided to build a tower to reach to God. Because of this, God confused them by giving them different languages and spread them out across the earth. This is […]Read More Are we Reliving the Tower of Babel?
I graduated from a Christian High School. I remember a song that we would sing in chapels. Holiness Holiness Is what I long for Holiness Is what I need Holiness Holiness Is what you want From me I would hear the word “holiness” often. If you asked the high school version of me what it […]Read More The Meaning of Holiness
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. People of faith know that there is a world and a reality that is outside of what we can comprehend. We know that there is a divine power that is actually in control. When we struggle […]Read More When We Make Poor Choices by Faith
Luke 12 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. I am very […]Read More Franklin Graham’s Response to Dr. Ford is Harmful to so Many!