Exerpt from My New Book: Eclipse of Faith

9781620202180An unflinching, hard-minded look into faith and doubt. In a highly engaging storyline, Eclipse of Faith chronicles a journey: a reluctant journey of one man questioning his faith (to the core of God’s very existence), exploring options, and coming to unconventional conclusions. It s a journey guided by the great thinkers of human history and a journey that explores the faith-claims of many religions from the view of each faith s most faithful: their leading teachers, thinkers, and most revered holy men. Join the author in a disorienting whirl of a worldview being examined, then clarified. Ask yourself: Why do I believe what I believe? And, how do I know it is really true? One man s doubt caused him to scour the world s leading religions for answers. What he discovered changed him forever. Follow his unsettling journey in Eclipse of Faith.

Finally, after three intense years of writing and editing, my latest book Eclipse of Faith, is now available.

Link to purchase: http://amzn.com/1620202182

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Living In Light of Man’s Chief End: Lesson 1, What in the World Are We Talking About?

Lesson 1: What in the World are We Talking About?

Lesson 1: What in the World are We Talking About?

What does it mean to “Glorify God and enjoy Him forever?” And how are we doing individually and as a body of Christ in this regard? Man’s ontological angst: being a creation and not a god.

This conversation kicks off a 12-week exploration of the implications of man’s chief end. This lesson also delved into the veracity of the claim that man’s chief end is to “glorify God” and “enjoy him forever”? Did the Westminster Divines have it right? Or is there a better alternative to their understanding of man’s chief end?

Explore the Christian’s Summum Bonum: “blessedness” (flourishing) and how it aligns/contrasts with Aristotle’s eudaimonia.

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How can we live Christianly with Judaism? What do Jews believe? And how can engaged Christians understand what people ofJewish tradition face in our 21st Century Culture? This talk goes into the worldviews held by many stripes of Judaism that is practiced today and it helps Christians understand Jewish thinking on the Holocaust (Shoah), Jesus of Nazareth's Messiahship, and the Jewish role in the world as God's Chosen People.

Living Christianly in a Pluralistic Culture Talk #3 Modern-Day Judaism

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How can we live Christianly with Judaism? What do Jews believe? And how can engaged Christians understand what people ofJewish tradition face in our 21st Century Culture? This talk goes into the worldviews held by many stripes of Judaism that is practiced today and it helps Christians understand Jewish thinking on the Holocaust (Shoah), Jesus of Nazareth’s Messiahship, and the Jewish role in the world as God’s Chosen People.

Living Christianly in a Pluralistic Culture Talk #2: Pluralism in Christianity

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This talk focuses on the many sects, and divisions within the Christian community worldwide and in the United States in particular. We discuss how the major camps of Christianity are similar and distinctive. Also, we discuss the central theological statement of the Nicene Creed and if there is any hope for reunification of the churches: ecumenism.

Living Christianly in a Pluralistic Culture #1: Living Christianly

 

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Tools to engage people of other faiths with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Our New Reality

In 2016 in the United States, we can no longer assume the Christian faith is the default religion of our culture. For many of us it makes us sad, alienated, even fearful. We have three ways we can respond to this new reality:

 

  1. ignore it and cloister ourselves from the culture,
  2. rage against it and fight it with force and vitriol, or
  3. engage our culture with the Gospel in the same spirit and methods of ministry we see modeled by Jesus when He spoke with the woman at the well and  by Paul when he shared his faith with the great debaters on Mars Hill.

 

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Why I Roll Tide Midst a Sea of Tiger Paws

SAT. JAN 9, 2016, GREENVILLE, SC: I live in the Upstate: the westernmost point of the slice of the pie that is South Carolina. And, on this particular weekend, I sit in the epicenter of all things Clemson football. On Monday the Clemson Tigers, undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, play the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for the National Championship of college football. Currently, the Upstate is drunk with football, regaling each other with the exploits of Clemson’s favored sons (like Deshawn Watson, Wayne Gallman, and Jayron Kearse), and the possibility its hometown team will complete a perfect season by defeating the most reviled team in all of sports coached by the most resented of coaches: Nick Saban. I sit here alone wearing a crimson trimmed hoodie clashing with an army of orange shirts, hats, and tiger paw car flags. Continue reading

Redeeming Marriage Week 6: Marriage and Romance

Marriage and Romance

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What should the attitude be for Christians as it pertains to the romantic and sexual dimensions of our marriages. This talk explores this very important topic in a current cultural context.

Steve Whigham gave this talk on October 19, 2015 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

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Redeeming Marriage Week 5: Marriage and Divorce

Marriage & Divorce

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Divorce has become the new normal for Western societies. In this video Steve Whigham discusses the cultural trends that are creating rising divorce rates and how we, as Christians, can better deal with these realities.

Many churches are ill-equipped to deal with couple considering divorce and are equally ill-equipped to help those suffering from divorce. This discussion gives us some things to contemplate in oder to help with this growing problem.

Steve Whigham gave this talk at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, SC on October 11, 2015. Click on the picture above or type in this address into your browser to see the video:  https://youtu.be/cuZhaAdib1g

 

Redeeming Marriage Week 4: Marriage and Sanctification

Marriage and Sanctification Lesson by Steve Whigham

Week 4: Marriage and Sanctification

How can we improve the quality of our relationships? Here is a brief look into the Christian doctrine of Sanctification and how it can inform our marriages.

This talk was given by Steve Whigham on October 4, 2015 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. You can find out more about Redeemer at http://redeemerpres.church

New Speaking Series on Marriage Week 3–Marriage & The Great Commission

Redeeming Marriage Week Three on Marriage and the Great Commission

Redeeming Marriage Week 3: Marriage and the Great Commission

 

 

This is a new series of conversations about marriage. These conversations search through what we know about marriage from a Christian worldview. This particular topic looks into Christ’s command to “go and make disciples” and sees how it can help our marriages become more missional.

This talk was given by Steve Whigham on September 27, 2015 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. You can find out more about Redeemer at http://redeemerpres.church

New Speaking Series on Marriage: Week 2 — Marriage & the Gospel

Redeeming Marriage Week Two Marriage and the Gospel

How the Christian Gospel can both inform and improve our marriages

This session discusses the importance of the Christian Gospel in the proper understanding of Christian marriage and what the Gospel can teach us to make our marriages stronger. It also discusses the important aspects of Christian love and how it differs from many other forms of love we see in our culture today.

This talk was given by Steve Whigham on September 20, 2015 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. You can find out more about Redeemer athttp://redeemerpres.church

What the Bible
 Says about Music

man worshipingFilled with hundreds of verses on music, the Bible describes God’s people using music in a variety of ways: in community celebrations, in times of worship, in war, and even when alone. Music appears most in times of joy and merriment. Yet, there were times when music was used to calm, even lament. Most of the time music appears in the Bible when used for religious purposes. Even so, there are more than a few mentions of music being used for non-religious reasons, too, such as celebrating human love, feasts, community celebrations, and other non-religious gatherings.

How music sounded in the Bible we cannot be entirely sure. But we do know that music takes various forms. The Bible describes music being performed by humans through singing and the playing of instruments— many times together. Often, music is accompanied by dancing, sometimes aggressively and loudly, and the clapping or lifting up of hands. The human voice is referred to often as being part of music as singing, speaking, and as shouting: sometimes singly, sometimes in small groups, and other times in very large groups and choirs. Musical instruments used were many and varied, including: tambourines, cymbals, lyres, pipes, harps, trumpets, castanets, and string instruments among others. The Bible doesn’t give any prescriptions as to which musical instruments are appropriate for which occasion.

Both men and women performed music in the Bible. Sometimes they performed together, sometimes separately. Even religious leaders were at times instructed to be trained in music. Others were hired to be musical professionals and skilled in music, yet everyone was encouraged to actively participate. Even God sings.

The Bible encourages both the skillful playing of music and for all His creation to simply make a joyful noise. On several occasions the Bible encourages us to create and sing new songs. Throughout the Bible we see high emotional engagement when music was used. When used in worship, music should be intelligible.

When music is criticized in the Bible, the criticism is pointed to the evil intent behind the music and not necessarily at the quality, or type, of the music itself. Overwhelmingly, however, music is shown in a highly favorable light throughout the Scriptures. An entire book of the Bible, the Psalms, is a collection of songs originally written to be communicated through music.

In the New Testament we are instructed to encourage and address each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in order for Christ’s words to dwell in us richly. Jesus sang with His disciples, the apostles employed music in their ministries, and we will enjoy music in heaven.

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Why Science Can’t Prove
 God’s Existence

And why theists (and atheists alike) should be totally cool with it.

God, atheism, apologetics, science, religion

“Why can’t I find God in my test data?”

If you are a theistic believer (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, or other) and you are hoping that science will one day prove conclusively the existence of God, I’m here to tell you that you may be waiting for a very long time. Science won’t give you that satisfaction. Why? Because it can’t.

Whether God exists—or not—is a big deal. If he (or she, or it, or them) exists, then we owe it to ourselves to know who this God is (as much as is humanly possible) and find out if we have any personal and/or collective obligation to him. If God does not exist and we find out that he’s a mere figment of our imagination, then everything changes. All bets are off. And all the social conventions, mythologies, and moralities we have created based upon the false illusion of God’s dominion over universal affairs will need to be fundamentally reexamined. Continue reading