I know, I know. What an arrogant question for a Christian to pose regarding a book he’s written, but please let me explain, and let me begin that explanation by saying that I love and revere the Bible above all things written, and forever will.Continue reading
Author: Barry Mahler
The Cops I Know
During my years as a pastor in San Diego County, I had the privilege of being a law enforcement chaplain for two incredible agencies over the course of nine years. During those years I went through an academy with the officers, trained on the mat, in the classroom and on the range with the officers, spent over 1,000 hours on ride-alongs with the officers, and even spent some time with the detectives who investigate cases. I’ve been to their funerals, I’ve married them and I’ve buried their children, and I have nowhere on planet Earth ever seen the men and women who are their equal. Continue reading
COVID-19 and the Rise of Antichristism
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only (Matthew 24:36 ESV).
As planet Earth heads inexorably toward what we as Christians call the End Times, I think it wise for us to understand what role we should and shouldn’t play as our planet travels down that road, and Matthew 24:36 gives us some great insight into that very idea. Continue reading
Faith, COVID-19 Orthodoxy, Snowflakes and the Resident Skeptic
There’s no question that we’re living in unprecedented times, both for our world and for those of us who follow Jesus Christ. In fact, nothing in my nearly fifty-eight years of life has come close to matching the effect that COVID-19 (C19) is having on the planet, or of matching Christianity’s response to it, and it is to that response that I would like to address this article. Continue reading
Pastor Barry’s Election 2016 Picks
I’ve been asked many times this election season about my picks on various offices and issues. What follows are my personal picks regarding the national and statewide issues and offices, with a few of our San Diego County issues thrown in to boot. Where helpful, I’ll attach some commentary for clarity or humor (California propositions tend to visit us from the Twilight Zone).
My in-depth thoughts on appropriate government can be found in the last seven chapters of my book, UNGOD, Unmasking the Dark Image of Hell, but I’ll summarize here for brevity. I believe that all charity should be private. Government should never be the hand that doles out or controls charity, ever. I also believe that all education should be private, except for that which is necessary for government to train those necessary for government work (law enforcement, military, etc.). Continue reading