My Journey

Posted May 3, 2015 by kevingdrendel
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Walking


It’s time for a little update, not much, but I am no longer new to blogging, though I still write as part of my profession, only blogging is more interesting. “Everyone” has a blog. The hyperbole isn’t far off, but there is something in the discipline of writing that sharpens ideas and fleshes them out.

I have been on a journey for truth since I emerged from the haze and confusion of adolescence, much of it self-induced. Stepping out of that myopic existence I began to get an inkling that there existed a world of truth that I wanted to encounter, and so I set off. I didn’t realize how much faith accompanies truth. Read the rest of this post »

One Less God

Posted August 31, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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Stephen F. Roberts famously said that we are all atheists, he just believes in one less God (or less gods) than others. It is a rather clever statement that many self-described atheists or agnostics have repeated often, but it’s merely a kitschy statement with no substance or meaning. Nice try! But it doesn’t mean anything.

Atheism could be defined as belief in no God, but atheists often object to that because they don’t perceive themselves, or don’t want to perceive themselves, as believing or having faith in anything. That’s absurd, of course. We we all believe in something – even if we believe there are no gods.  Read the rest of this post »

Atoms, Empty Space and Opinion

Posted August 28, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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As a believer and follower of Christ, I don’t think “we” have a monopoly on truth – maybe just the most important truth. But, truth is truth, I like to say. We all see facets of it and always have.

Truth might be overrated. I say that only partially tongue in cheek.  Jesus says He is the way, the truth and the life. Truth is only part of the equation.

This is a truth: there is nothing new under the sun. Democritus lived centuries before Christ and millennia before “modern” scientific discoveries.

He might have been a typical modernist, eschewing any reality but matter and energy, if he were born in another era, but he believed in gods.

Iron age ignorance is what moderns call it now. That fits into the opinion part, between atoms and empty space.

What was, is and seems will be. I think we take comfort, or try to, in the vastness of time and space. It leaves a lot of room to stretch out. We don’t like being hemmed in. Me included.

But, there is this nagging small voice. Easy to dismiss but not so easy to erase, unless we become practiced at it. We don’t really erase it; we just become desensitized to it. Conscience seared.

Not a moral voice, though it feels that way, but the voice of the Creator of the universe – like radiation afterglow – He is always there, but He does not overpower.

Were we to come face to face, in this mortal suit, we would tremble and cower. Not because God is some cosmic ogre, but that God is so much greater than we. Greater than we could possible imagine. Greater than the universe that we can hardly fathom. And not nearly so tame.

Remarkable that a 5th Century BC thinker conceived of atoms without even a microscope. But space is not really empty, though opinions often are.

We see the world through our own perspective, small as it is. Ironic that God speaks to us in a small voice. We tend to drown His voice out with our own.

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Thank you Molly for inspiring me with your inspirational quotations from Democritus.

This piece is a decided departure from anything I have done before and was inspired by the article, How I found God and peace with my atheist brother: Peter Hithcens traces his journey back to Christianity. It’s worth a read, so I will leave it at that.

Ramblings on Faith and Unbelief

Posted August 28, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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Bart Eherman Quotation


I became a believer, and then a follower, of Jesus Christ in college. It wasn’t just academic for me, though the beginning of my life as a believer and follower of Jesus began in an academic environment and was shaped and influenced by academics. I think that’s why I like the academic pursuit of faith even now, over 30 years later.

It’s important for me to be mindful that faith is not purely an intellectual affair. I think I may differ from many people in that respect, but I need to constantly be reminded of it. Faith is a relationship with the Living God; faith is a life and heart commitment; faith triggers action and change or it isn’t real faith.

I know that the words intellectual and faith probably don’t fit together in the minds of many people. Many people see those terms as opposites. They aren’t, but they can chaff with each other. Intellectualism, for instance, really does get in the way of faith (more so in fact than the other way around). Faith and intellectual pursuit can be perfectly compatible unless we compartmentalize them and pit them against each other.

Faith, or the lack thereof, depends on something other than intellectual coinage.  Read the rest of this post »

Olympic Lessons – Running the Spiritual Race

Posted August 20, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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Joy and Sorrow on the Gold Medal Mat by Larry Slater

Joy and Sorrow on the Gold Medal Mat by Larry Slater

The Summer Olympics is a singularly unique time every four years when the world fixes its eyes on athletes who have trained a lifetime, many of them, for one Olympic moment. Other competitions pale in comparison to the Olympics. The world tunes in to watch sports that can’t fill the seats at any other time.

As a child, the kids in my neighborhood created our own “Olympic games”. We played out the drama of agonizing defeats and thrilling victories. The Olympic games capture the attention and imaginations of all people. Many, many people dream of Olympic glory as children, and some few talented individuals among us dream those dreams in real life.

The sacrifices of an Olympic athlete are tremendous. To achieve the pinnacle of human athletic accomplishment, the Olympic athlete must train harder, longer and more effectively than all the other athletes in the world who have similar Olympic dreams. The dedication of the athlete and follower of Christ are similar journeys. Read the rest of this post »

The Message in the Earliest Creeds in the New Testament

Posted August 15, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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According to Dr. Gary Habermas, Paul cites a number of early Christian creeds in his letters, and Peter cites one as well. Of first importance is 1 Corinthians 15:3-7. The other creeds include 1 Corinthians 11:26; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 4:25; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:8; 1 Timothy 2:6; and 1 Peter 3:18.[1]  Other scholars identify creeds in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 10:9; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:8; and Philippians 2:6-11.[ii]

The importance of these creeds is that they include the earliest message of the church following the death of Jesus. They reveal the most fundamental and central message of the early followers of Jesus. The significance of these creeds, then, can’t be understated, and they all point to one thing. Read the rest of this post »

Looking Back and Looking Forward, From the Beginning to the End

Posted August 12, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Bible, Christian, eternal life, Faith, Hope, Love, Salvation

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“To Him who loves us”

God loves us. Love is the beginning and the ending of the story. And love is everything in between. God created us in the beginning for love.

He gave us choice, because love does not coerce. All the misery in the world, all the pain and suffering, is because God gave us freedom of will and allowed us to go our own way. He released us to our own choices in hope that we would choose Him because we want to, because we love Him.

God sustains the world on a delicate edge, finely-tuned from the moment of creation to sustain life, and He holds it in balance to give humanity the opportunity to enter into relationship with God our creator. His handiwork is obvious if we want to see it, not so obvious if we don’t, because love does not coerce. Read the rest of this post »

Aiming for Eternity

Posted August 10, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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God is from everlasting to everlasting. He sets eternity in the hearts of men (Ecc. 3.11), but our glimpse of eternity and our sense of God is often obscured by the every day realities of our lives.

That God set eternity into the hearts of men should tell us something. It should urge us to look beyond ourselves, to look to God for His purpose in our lives. Yet we are often given to walking with our heads down, driven with blinders on chasing after self-fulfillment or prone to obsessive self-reflection with eyes turned inward. We have a hard time seeing past our own noses, much less focusing on an eternal God  We have a hard time, wherever our gazes are set, letting go of self-direction.

The Bible calls that sin.

Take the morality out of sin, and sin is simply missing the mark. The mark is God, His character and His purpose. When our focus is on other things, when we are pursuing other things to the exclusion of God, we are missing the mark. We are missing the purpose of God in our lives.

God, of course, is the very reason for our existence. Read the rest of this post »


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