Posts By: Larry Stamm

Spiritual Conversations: the Power of Questions

“How are you doing?”  We hear it and use it all the time.  Often the response is, “I’m fine, thank you.”  But there are times where that seemingly benign question can open up deep meaningful conversations about the most important issues in life! In fact, there are times when a seemingly benign question may open… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: the Foundation of Prayer

One morning while enjoying breakfast with a pastor friend named Luke, he shared something about his devotional life that moved me – something simple, yet profound and powerful. Luke said everyday he includes his morning prayers with this: “Lord, today please give me divine appointments, ministry opportunities and open doors.” I have seen God answer that… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: like a Box of Chocolates

In the well-known movie simply titled in honor of the lead character, played by one Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump famously evoked one of one of his momma’s sayings when he quipped: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ Oh the mystery! As we think about the witnessing endeavor,… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Different Worldviews

You can handle the truth about different worldviews. As we’ve noted, various religions and philosophies can be distilled down into a few basic worldviews – including naturalism, pantheism, theism, spiritism & polytheism, and postmodernism. Naturalism holds that the physical universe is all that exists. There is no spirit or soul – therefore man is simply the… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Postmodernism

You can handle the truth about Postmodernism. In simplest terms, this complex and abstract worldview holds that people are simply products of of their social setting or culture and truths are mental constructs of individuals based upon their own individual cultural setting.  Therefore values are individual based upon those same cultural paradigms – the implication being… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Spiritism & Polytheism

You can handle the truth about Spiritism and Polytheism. According to this worldview, the earth is populated by spirit beings who govern what goes on. Gods and demons are the real reason behind “natural” events. Material things are real, but they have spirits associated with them and, therefore, can be interpreted spiritually. In many primitive… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Theism

You can handle the truth about Theism. As Christians we are certainly theists, but we are not alone. Judaism and Islam are also theistic. For purposes of comparison and contrast, we first look at general beliefs Theism espouses, of which we’re well versed. Regarding reality, an infinite, personal God exists. Reality is both material and spiritual. The universe… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Pantheism

You can handle the truth about Pantheism. In sharp contrast to Naturalism, which believes the natural order is all there is, Pantheism comes from two Greek words, pan meaning ‘all’ and theos meaning ‘god.’ Pantheism is a worldview that believes only the spiritual dimension exists – all else is an illusion. Spiritual reality, in general, is eternal, impersonal, and unknowable. Pantheism… Read more »