My Journey

Posted May 3, 2015 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Christian, Faith

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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 »

Did Nature Cause Itself?

Posted October 21, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Apologetics, creation, Materialism, Science

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I haven’t heard anyone ask whether nature caused itself, in so many words, but that is the question begged by any assertion that God doesn’t exist. Anyone who maintains that nature and natural causes are the beginning and the end of all reality is begging that question: did nature cause itself?

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to the assertion that nothing supernatural exists is the Big Bang. The Big Bang is accepted science. The evidence is very compelling, though it wasn’t received well when it was first postulated. The thought that the universe was not eternal and had a beginning was thought to be “repugnant” and to “betray the very foundations of science”.[1] This is because a beginning to the universe suggests that the universe had a Beginner.

The initial reluctance to accept the Big Bang has changed as the evidence has piled up. Read the rest of this post »

Can You Be Good Without God?

Posted October 18, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Apologetics, Faith, Morality

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Theists claim that people could not do good without God. But, people do good things all the time, even without believing in God. Atheists, agnostics and people of all stripes can do good things and they do good things.

Obviously, believing in God is not a prerequisite to doing good things. A better question, however, is whether good can exist without God?

If there is no God, what basis exists for determining good or bad? Right or wrong? Read the rest of this post »

The Light Shines Lightest in the Darkness: the American & Global Church

Posted October 16, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Children, Religion

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I just watched God’s Not Dead 2. I know, I am a bit behind the times. But the movie sparked some thoughts about the plight of the Church in the US and around the world.

Before getting to the point, it’s worth noting that courtroom movies are usually not very realistic. Movies rarely get the courtroom scenes right. But, I was pleasantly surprised. They got it right! I am talking about the rules of evidence, the questioning of  witnesses, the objections.

I am an attorney and did a brief in college focusing on religious freedom in schools. That was a long ago, and I have not remained completely up to date on the details regarding how the law has evolved since then, but I pay attention to what is going on. I have represented public school districts, which has given me the opportunity to update my knowledge periodically.

Unfortunately, the odds in this country are increasingly being stacked against the believer. Read the rest of this post »

Voting As Sojourners and Exhiles

Posted October 12, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Christian, Politics

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How much of our political motivation is rooted in our desire for an easy life, for familiar things, for things that are friendly to our faith? We need to search our hearts on a regular basis to be sure that we are not following after our own, human purposes and not God’s purposes.

What if God doesn’t see things the way we do?

What if God can be most effective and make the most change in the world and in people’s lives when circumstances are not favorable to the motivations and desires of Christians? What if God light shines most where darkness is greatest?

These are rhetorical questions, of course, and the answers are not often what we want them to be. Read the rest of this post »

A Time for Courage

Posted October 12, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Christian, Faith, Love

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We don’t always think about the courage necessary to be a follower of Christ.  Sure, we know the words that Jesus spoke: If you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father.[1]  But we tend to view those words through the fear of being found wanting.

Fear is a bad motivator. I don’t think our tendency to be afraid of losing our salvation serves us very well.  Perfect love casts out all fear. God is looking for the courageous, not the fearful.

Jesus actually spoke those words in the context of fear.[2] And the message from Jesus is: do not fear! Read the rest of this post »

Be Faithful to the Gospel This Election Season

Posted October 10, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Christian, Current Events, Gospel, Politics

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Our freedoms in this country may just be the one thing that most undermines the Christian faith in the United States of America. This election cycle has had me doing lots of soul searching. In the process of that soul-searching, it dawns on me that our freedom to choose which person we will vote for in November puts us squarely in a position where we have to compromise our faith.

People have been talking about Donald Trump as if he were the Nebuchadnezzar of the present day, but he isn’t. The people in the days of Nebuchadnezzar had no choice. In the present day, we do have a choice. When Daniel was faced with compromising his faith or being a loyal servant of Nebuchadnezzar, he chose not to compromise his faith, in spite of the consequences.

He could have easily justified a different choice. Read the rest of this post »

Tuning In To God’s Frequency

Posted October 7, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Gospel, Jesus, Regeneration, Salvation, Spirit

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“When you have two tuning forks in a room and one begins to vibrate the other will also begin to vibrate if it’s tuned to the same frequency. They resonate. They abide in each other’s frequency.” (Ted Dekker from the Forgotten Way)

If we are tuned to God’s frequency, we will resonate with Him and abide in Him. When we are tuned to God’s frequency, “the Spirit Himself bears witness[1] with our spirit that we are children of God.”[2]

God’s Spirit and our spirit are like the tuning forks. When we are on the same frequency with God, we resonate with God.

Such a simple truth, but we struggle so mightily with tuning to God’s frequency. Read the rest of this post »

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