Co-author Stan Jantz talks about Christianity 101

What's the Christianity 101 book series all about? Listen to what co-author Stan Jantz has to say.

Somewhere Between Blind and Absolute

Not long ago i was talking with a women about her faith. In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn't "witnessing" to this woman. I know her husband, who is someone I consider to be maturing in his faith. That's why I was surprised when his wife told me that for her, faith wasn't something you could know, but had to accept in your heart. "You mean like blind faith?" I asked her. "Exactly," she answered.

Actually, the idea that faith is blind, or a leap in the dark, isn't new. It's been around for centuries, and these days it's quite pervasive in our so-called Christian culture. In all fairness to the woman I was talking with, I don't think she has decided to deliberately remove any objectivity from her faith journey. In my opinion, she just doesn't know any better. Call it a case of "biblical illiteracy." She certainly has never read what the apostle John wrote at the end of his biography of Jesus: "This is the disciple who saw these events and recorded them here. And we all know that his account of these things is accurate" (John 21:24). And she probably isn't aware that in one of his brief letters to Christians in the first century, John also wrote: "I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).

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Do Fires Teach Us?

The recent fires in Southern California gripped the nation as the horrific images of houses and forests being consumed indiscriminately appeared on television and on the Web. Half a million people fled their homes (including two of my friends who were evacuated from their senior residential communities in San Diego), about 2,000 homes were lost, and a half dozen people lost their lives. Even though tragedies like this hit this region every few years, you just never get used to it. And, it seems, you're never prepared for the devastation.

Some people say these fires are the price we pay for living where we do. This part of the world is hot and dry (and getting hotter and drier), and they keep building more and more houses in places where the fires thrive if given a chance. I don't really have an opinion on that, because you could probably apply that argument to just about every region of the country. If you shouldn't live where wildfires are a reality, then you shouldn't build houses in hurricane zones. You shouldn't live where earthquakes are imminent. You shouldn't live where men still have mullets. The list could go on.

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