Mark and Me
At 21 years old I had dropped out of school, was coming off heavy drug use, living at home, and flat out lazy. Rightfully, my parents asked me to move out, leading to feelings of abandonment and disapproval. I was lost. Combined with a naturally pessimistic, change adverse, and self-doubting nature a slide […]
If our faith is about a relationship rather than law, why does the law exist?
We were always intended by God to live life with our focus upon Him. He designed our operating system as an intimate relationship of love. Out of that relationship, we will be compelled by His love to do what pleases Him, […]
Someone asked me it I thought it was possible to have a “long distant” relationship with God. Here is our dialogue. I would love others to join in on this conversation. Leave a comment.
Mark – Good question. What do you define as a long distance relationship?
Ferguson – Now that’s a good question too. I think that […]
All religions are basically the same. A spiritual, material, eternal reward is offered and a system of behavior is required. When properly applied, the behavior brings the reward.
The rewards differ: Nirvana, 72 Virgins, Cosmic Consciousness, Heaven, etc.
As well, the system of behavior differs: prayer wheels, jihad, religious rituals, moral living, etc. But the rewards and […]
Thanks for your comments on my book. I am really enjoying the discussion that is coming about. Post your thoughts here.
This comment came in via email so I will post it here:
“Even thought I have been involved in many Protestant churches and Bible Studies over the years, I discovered as a young adult that I […]
Someone has asked me how to respond to someone who doesn’t really care about their life choices because they think God has to love them on account of Grace.
This attitude is, of course, a misapplication of God’s unconditional love. Sadly, it proliferates where teaching on grace abounds. In fact, this attitude is often cited, by […]
Someone has asked me why, given all we know about our faith as a relationship with God rather than a works based religion, do we so easily fall back into a works based, religious orientation toward God. I think there are two basic reason for this.
The first is pride. Sadly, pride survives conversion. In a […]
At the last evening of our book discussion group, I led a Scripture meditation of the paralytic being lowered down through the roof to Jesus. Scripture meditation is patiently thinking about the Scripture passage in light of God’s Holy Spirit. Our part is slowing down and listening.
Richard Foster (author of many books including Celebration of […]
The following is a testimony from someone that read my book and spent some time with Shell and I.
When I first met this woman several weeks ago, she described herself as a “black and white” person who wanted to go beyond that mode of thinking. She was hoping the book would help. She had hard hitting […]
What are the words that come to mind when you hear the word “Naked?” When I ask this question when I am teaching, I get the following word answers: “shame”, “ugly”, “sin”, “vulnerable”, “exposed”, “embarrassed”. Most of these are negative – fear shame, etc.
Have you ever noticed how you can read a verse and skip […]
This morning a lady called that I have never met to tell me she was reading my book and wants her son to read it. We went on to have a long and very enjoyable conversation about our faith.
Sometimes the best insights come about just because we begin discussing something that matters to us.
I would […]
Since my wife’s perseverance led to the writing of my book, ‘Is God Religious?” and since it is her birthday, the book will be officially released this Sunday.
We started a pre-release book discussion group a few weeks ago. It has been wonderful to see people reading it. I have some friends at the gym who are […]