Contrary to rumor, telling your kids the reasons why they should do something, or not do something, is a good practice. You are not caving-in on your authority by telling the youth the purposes behind your directives. Yes, "because I said so" is sometimes the reason, but if you throw that retort into your parenting stew all the time, and sweeten the pot, you are unintentionally teaching that God is a despot who does stuff just because.
Radioactive dating of fossils and other geologic samples works, up to a point. But there is a time-bomb of illogic, buried in the floor of the method.
If man repents, God relents:
The secular way of thinking is committed to the axiom that evil is rooted in the physical: DNA, up-bringing, society, education, law. The Bible teaches that evil is meta-physical. Which is why only a meta-physical Power can cure it. You can't cure an infection with a Ben-Gay rub, and you can't cure the sin problem with education, punishment, and law. But the Spirit of God can cure sin, and he offers to start the process to any who will receive Him.
Abortion is America's real war on women, regardless of what political party supports it.
Pastors need to be trained to do basic Bible-counseling in addition to preaching, since there's no way that every person's pressing issues can be addressed by one Sunday message. A doctor giving a really good lecture on a health matter, and a doctor looking down a patient's throat and writing a prescription, are both doing valuable work.
Here are two peas in a pod. The untrustworthy teacher sees in the Bible whatever he or she wants to be there (tacking misinterpreted or out-of-context verses onto their own ideas), and simultaneously ignores balancing data that doesn't fit into the pre-conceived template. Bill Gothard and Rachel Held Evans may seem like complete opposites, but really they both hail from the same section of Error-town.
It is crucial we bring our rages and griefs to Jesus Christ. Do not try to numb yourself to them, or distract yourself from them. God did not design the human heart to carry a high charge of grief or rage, and you will destroy yourself if you try. Take it all to Christ, in written or spoken form.
There was a European theologian named Karl Barth, who taught (among other things) that God is "wholly other" from us. How he knew this, I have no idea. Barth's philosophical Hellenism, this claim that God is "wholly other" from us humans -- that God is so alien there are no shared points of commonality between His reasoning and our reasoning, His words and our words -- is a direct attack on the Bible. Everyone who adopts it finds their faith poisoned by skepticism, because a God who is "wholly other" is a god who cannot be known at all.
My son just asked me my thoughts about this breaking report about the former head pastor of Mars Hill church.