Author Archives: R.P. Nettelhorst

About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild

Love Your Neighbor: No Exceptions

“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” This quote is widely attributed to James Baldwin, but was, in fact, coined by Robert Jones, … Continue reading

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In the Garden

There is an old hymn from 1912—more than a hundred years old—entitled “In the Garden.”  It was written by C. Austin Miles, an American songwriter.  It became popular thanks to its use by the evangelist Billy Sunday.  Later, it was … Continue reading

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The Kingdom and Suffering

The seventeenth century philosopher and theologian Gottfried Leibniz argued that if God is good, loving, and powerful, then this must be the best possible world, because what other kind of world would such a deity create?  The problem, of course, … Continue reading

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Prayer in School is A Bad Idea

A webcast from Saturday, October 24, 2020. A Mirror Darkly: unbridled inquiry livestreams on YouTube and Facebook most Saturdays at 4 PM Pacific Time. Send to Kindle

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You’re a Christian. So What?

You’re a Christian.  So What?  What do we mean when we say that we are Christians?  What is a Christian, really? How often have we heard the variants of “well that’s not very Christian of you” or “how can you … Continue reading

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Theology to Come

As a theologian, Bible scholar, science fiction author and fan, I have odd thoughts on a regular basis. What follow are somewhat random thoughts in need of much more contemplation. The universe we know today is radically larger than that … Continue reading

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Sinners in the Hands of Angry Christians

If a Christian sees people in the world behaving badly, if he or she sees politicians misbehaving, celebrities doing bad things, pundits saying mean things, corporations acting irresponsibly, and other individuals who are morally reprehensible, what should he or she … Continue reading

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The Truth

I saw a meme this week: “The news used to tell us what happened and we had to decide how we felt about it.  Now, the news tells us how to feel and we have to decide if it happened.” … Continue reading

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Christianity and LGBTQ

Another episode from the weekly webcast A Mirror Darkly: unbridled inquiry (Saturday’s at 4 PM Pacific Time) simulcast on Facebook Live and our YouTube channel. This webcast discussed Christianity and LGBTQ. Send to Kindle

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Suffering

It is clear from a biblical and experiential standpoint: suffering is real.  And what is also real is that we are righteous, and God does not hold our sins against us.  Thus: it is not the case that there are … Continue reading

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