By: Dean Sieberhagen, Assistant Professor of Missions and Islamic Studies
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theological Matters and is used by permission.
When I lived in Central Asia, it was very interesting to see how many of the young Muslims viewed their religion. They said that at their age, they could enjoy life and wait until an older age to get serious about religion. Their thinking was that God is more interested in the afterlife, and that only becomes an issue when you are close to the afterlife, which is where old people find themselves. Once you are of a grandparent-type age, they thought, you then need to prepare for the afterlife by doing religious activities. This is a very convenient way of seeing religion and allows for a position where God is able to fit into our way of thinking rather than us needing to fit into His way of thinking. Continue reading
I am no theologian.
I hold no degrees from Bible College or seminary and I will never stand behind a pulpit and teach a congregation. No important ministry title adorns my name, nor do I anticipate that Lifeway will ever offer me a posh book deal. Continue reading
I grew up in a family of comedians, my mom being the chief. She loved hearing jokes, she loved telling jokes, and she loved to laugh. She was the kind of person who could laugh long, hard and deep. One day she was telling a joke, got tickled in the middle of it and started laughing. This was par for the course, as she almost never got through a joke without laughing. Most of the time, her laughter was funnier than the joke. But this time, she laughed so hard that she shot her false teeth out of her mouth, caught them in mid-air and shoved them back into place, which (of course) made her laugh even more. Continue reading