J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • The Problem of Evil
    by jdmanders on May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    For many people who do not believe in God, the largest obstacle to accepting His reality is the existence and nature of evil. Even many theists struggle with the concept of a loving personal God who allows evil to exist. In essence, both argue that if God is omnipotent and good, He would stop that…

  • Take Time Off When You Return
    by jdmanders on May 10, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    The first time I came back from a deployment, I was back at work within days. The second time, it was about a week. The last was the first time I actually took off several weeks and used up all of my leave. While I eventually became stir-crazy from staying at home, it was much…

  • We’re All Connected
    by jdmanders on April 29, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    A few weeks ago, I went to the funeral of a friend’s dad. Because of being close friends with her stepfather, who married her mother just after she was born, she has called me uncle all her life. As I sat looking over the audience and watched the videos with pictures of her father, I…

  • Skepticism as a Way of Life
    by jdmanders on April 20, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I have written in the past about the need for skepticism in all walks of life, including faith. More than ever, many today want people to simply submit to authority. The only way to overcome this attitude is to make skepticism a way of life. The philosophy of skepticism has existed for thousands of years…

  • Deployment as a Sort of Death
    by jdmanders on April 12, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Spring is a time of renewal. It is when dead deciduous trees come back to life with new growth, when grass starts turning green, when winter ends with warmer days, and when many species of animals bear their young. Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ, is also in the…