Monday, 22 May 2017


Read Me First

To return to website:

a) This blog has divided the themes of the book into 13 lessons.   The book, I believe, is best processed in group discussions.  Suggested conversation starters are listed for each lesson.  Small groups of truth seekers, church sponsored home study groups, would benefit from such discussions.   The book, and this blog, could also be a curriculum resource for Christian school’s Bible perspective classes.   

b) The book has consciously / deliberately made room for God to work.  Argument, logic will never move anyone closer to the heart change that is needed for a renewal of relationship with God.  Our group discussions should make room for God to work; a prayer, a heart turning to deity as best we know how, is recommended for each study.  Each study should end with a scripture reading: the foundational assumption being that God has revealed truth / himself in the Bible.

c) The purpose of this blog is to help develop the conversation.  A church that is losing such a large percentage of its youth / members needs to take a hard look at itself and its agenda.  What is needed to bring rootedness to believers, sufficient to withstand the onslaughts of an overwhelmingly atheistic culture?

d) Your contribution to this conversation, this blog is appreciated.   All constructive comment as well as wholesome critique will be placed on the blog.  (This blog will be moderated.)   All comments should have your name, location, and date attached.

e) Comments that are more general in nature, i.e. not with a focus on the specific session topic, should be placed on the Testimonial and General Comment blog page.

f) Personal letters to the author should be made to my dedicated email address

g) Befriending the book’s facebook page / post would be appreciated.  Nothing travels faster than “word of mouth”. 

h) Requests for multiple copies of the book (study groups / class sets) are available from the author at a reduced rate ($17.50) plus shipping and handling.   Send your request via the dedicated email address above.  Payment options will be sent upon ordering.  Single copies, ebooks seem to be cheapest when ordering through FriesenPress Online Bookstore directly.

Sunday, 21 May 2017


Blog Summary of Themes

Session 1 – Read to page 18.
SPIRITUALITY – Life is about More than What We See

Session 2 – Read to page 54.

Session 3 – Read to page 80.

Session 4 – Read to page 110.

Session 5 – Read to page 129.

Session 6 – Read to page 151.
HUMANISM’S METASTORY – The Story that is Shaping Western Cultures

Session 7 – Read to page 168.
WHAT IS TRUTH – The Need to make Faith Assumptions

Session 8 – Read to page 188.
VALIDATING OUR ASSUMPTIONS – The Challenge of Circular Reasoning

Session 9 – Read to page 216.
THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN METASTORY – The Story with an Origin in Heaven itself.

Session 10 – Read to page 245.
APOLOGETCS - The Evidences that Strengthen Christianity’s Circular Reasoning

Session 11 – Read to page 260.
AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY – More than a Tradition, More than Simple Mental Assent

Session 12 –Read to page 274.
ATHEISM’S STRONGHOLDS – How Christianity’s Story was Pushed to the Margins.

Session 13 – Read to page 283, Reread Pages 19 – 32.
DISCIPLESHIP – Twelve Steps that Embed my Life-Story into His Kingdom Story.

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Testimonial and General Comment

Comments that do not have the specific focus of any of the session topics should be placed here.  

Personal messages to the author should be placed on the author’s email address -

Friday, 19 May 2017


SPIRITUALITY – Life is about More than What We See – Read to page 18

1) Does everyone have a set of Ultimate Life Questions and Answers?  When do we have to wrestle with them?  Does such a set of questions and answers point to the reality of a deeper spiritual dimension? 

2) Discuss the list of spiritual characteristics provided (pg 7-10).  Agree / disagree / additions / deletions.

3) Compare a person who is healthy physically but is suffering with the spiritual needs listed in Page 7-10,  compare that person with someone how has brokenness in the body but has a healthy spirituality.  Which dimension of our being is foundational, more important?  How should this realization reorient our lives?

4) Psychology and Psychiatry study many of these characteristics.  The lack of these characteristics in individuals have become syndromes and have received labels.  Medicine and therapy seek to medicate and moderate these deficits.  How does this secular effort to understand and help impact our understanding of these characteristics in terms of them being spiritual characteristics at root?   If these syndromes do have a spiritual dimension, then what more is needed to bring long term healing at a deeper level?

) Many non-religious people seem to have many of these wholesome spiritual characteristics.  Many religious people lack these characteristics.  How do we process this from a Biblical perspective?

Beginning thoughts:  
a) All blessings are from God, whether recognized or not. 

b) We need to compare ourselves not with others but with our own previous selves.  Are we personally becoming healthier spiritually?  The standard for true spirituality is ultimately Jesus. 

c) When life is easy we all seems well, when stresses come that is when the cracks appear.  A lot of these weaknesses can be muffled with a good public facade, a mask if you will.  Becoming personally honest with one's self is necessary for growth / healing in these areas.

d) A lot of westernized Christianity is anemic, as a result, provides little healing in these areas. There is nothing more dangerous than religion / spirituality gone bad, nothing more wholesome than religion / spirituality that is true.

e) Jesus addresses this issue in Luke 5:31-32  The church often seems to be filled with broken people simply because it is they who recognize their need for a redeemer.  

6) Bible passage to consider.  Luke 15 :11 ff   Restoring the relationship with the father was the key to the son’s wellbeing on so many different levels.  Take a closer look at the older brother as well.  What is missing in his life?  What needs to happen if he is to come in?

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Session 2
                (Pages 19 – 32, read these as well but these pages are the topic for session 13)

1) Analyse our culture’s understandings and attitudes towards religion. To what degree have Christians bought into this same negative mind and heart-set?    What may have caused this negative attitude towards religion?

2)  What is religion (see page 39), what is spirituality? How are they related?  For a simple definition see page 2-3 again.

3) Does every person have a religion, a cosmic story?  Is every person religious at the core?  How did we develop our personal cosmic story, the story that shapes our understanding of self and life?

4) How is my personal life story (from birth to death) related to my adopted or inherited cosmic story?

5) How does our view of God impact our understanding of self, of life?

6) Bible passages to consider.  Romans 12 :1-2

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Session 3
ATHEISM IS A RELIGION - Read pages 55 - 80.

1) How would atheism / humanism argue against, respond to the comparisons listed?

2) Where do we see atheism at work in our secular culture?  What impact is atheism / humanism having on our cultural psyche / soul?

3)  An evolutionary understanding of the history of religion teaches that atheism is not only not a religion but also the end of religion.  This has been the uncontested truth ever since atheism became fashionable.  A better way of looking at the spectrum of religions  will be presented on page 152.  It may be necessary to go there to prevent an uprising with this bold claim that atheism too, is a religion.

4) Why / How has atheism gotten such a free ride in our culture?  Why has it been considered neutral in the struggle to understand religion?  (A preliminary discussion, more when we focus on the appendices.)

5) Can the terms fundamentalism and intolerance also apply to atheists?  How should we respond to such character traits in others?  How can we personally avoid such labels in our own lives?

6) Romans 1:18-32.  Do we see this moral slide in our “god - less” culture?  Analyse the stages of this slide as described in this passage.

A possible commentary on this passage

Atheism and Cultural Genocide - 10 Steps: Romans 1:18-32
  •    1) Not responding to the whispers of our conscience\
  •    2) Not acknowledging / affirming God’s existence – Hebrews 11:6
  •   3) Not giving thanks, not worshipping
  •   4) Pride – intellectual “games” to rationalize our “god-less” perspectives
  •   5) Elevating created things/ideologies to be primary focal points of our lives
  •    6) Crossing Sexual boundaries.  Cheapening sex by using it to manipulate rather than to celebrate covenant relationship.
  •   7) Men first / women next - the last vanguard of cultural purity / integrity / moral strength.
  •   8) Increasing sexual perversion
  •   9) Complete breakdown of family and society
  •  10) Wholesale approval of evil, wholesale disapproval of the good
Sexual perversion
       Satanic attack on the Image Bearer, the idol  - Genesis 1:27
       Not merely destroying the temple 
       – destroying the idol itself
       – the ultimate assault on the One who is represented by that Image / idol
       Our sexuality / marriage is the best illustration we have of what God is like.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Session 4

1) Discuss the cultural myth that all religions are really climbing up the same mountain, just from opposite sides.

2) What do all the traditional religions have in common, what makes each unique? How does each answer the question of evil and suffering?  How does each provide a solution to these existential dilemmas?

3) Is it possible to deduce that humanity will never find its way without a revelation from deity?  See the text box on page 167 for my reflections on this important question.

4) How have each of these religions shaped their respective cultures? 

5) What truths did each discover?   Do we have the tendency to think that the Evil One inspires all non-Christian religious searching?  (The Evil One can use this aspect of our humanity, just as he uses scripture to mislead.)  Is it correct and helpful to view this universal religious searching as simply humans struggling to find truth?  What difference would such a more neutral stance take in our approaches to non – Christians?

6) Discuss the seven characteristics of eastern religions (Page 93 -95).  Is there any wisdom here to help us understand spirituality from a Christian perspective? 

7) Process the observations and questions on pages 103 and 110.

8) Bible passage to consider Romans 2:1 – 16.  Is God’s moral law imprinted on the human heart?  Is this visible in the truths that other religions have discovered?