The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
—John 1:14, The Message

Charlie-headshot4I’m a geek. I’ve made my living with computers since the days of core memory and ASR-33 Teletypes. But frankly, computers bore me. At the end of a day, I’d much rather curl up with a book than my laptop.

I’m fascinated by the as-yet-unrevealed mysteries of life and I love reading about them. Why do we experience consciousness? Did anything exist before the Big Bang? Why do beauty and music exist, and why do they give us such pleasure? How is it that the universe is so exquisitely fine-tuned to support life here on Earth? I love looking for God’s fingerprints on creation.

Yes, I’m convinced that God is behind it all. I’m convinced that science and Christianity are necessarily harmonious because God designed and created all that we know (and don’t know).

I believe Jesus Christ really lived 2,000 years ago, and that properly understood, he was the visible, tangible, historic incarnation of this same eternal God.

But Jesus was no anthropologist gathering data for a book. His purpose was to reveal God to us and to invite us into a bilateral relationship, something he made possible through his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

There’s something else: mere belief is not enough.

If you imagine Christianity to be some sort of feel-good, Love Boat religion, think again. At its heart, Christianity is utterly radical. Christianity is not a philosophy of life, but a transformational, regenerative, redemptive relationship with the God of Creation, who requires us to go beyond thinking differently to being different.

AnotherThink is about thinking differently and being different. Does Christianity make sense in the post-modern era? Did it ever make sense? If I try to live my life as though the words Jesus spoke were true, are true, what would that look like?

AnotherThink is about blending genuine faith with real life.

The apostle Paul once wrote that we view life as if looking in a very tarnished and worn mirror, or “squinting in a fog, peering through a mist” (1 Corinthians 13:12, The Message). But one day, life’s mysteries will be explained. In the meantime, we puzzle and ponder. I hope you enjoy my puzzling, and that it leads you to ask important questions about the purpose of life and the identity of the man who claimed to be God, Jesus Christ.

May God’s grace soak you like a warm, spring rain.

Charles Lehardy