With the onset of the Trump administration, major political changes are in the wind. Christian, are you aware of how those changes affect diverse members of the body of Christ? Continue reading
Much of how modern church gatherings are ordered caters to consumers. (This may explain why they occasionally resemble late-night talk shows or a pop concerts). But whatever the arrangement, our worship services may communicate more than we realize. Continue reading
In the past fifty years, a plethora of ideas has been suggested regarding the most effective means at a church’s disposal for addressing the life challenges which God’s people face. At the risk of oversimplifying the issues, here is a brief synopsis of my argument for a Scripture-based approach. Continue reading
The Spirit of God has been working on you. You have come face-to-face with the Bible’s truth regarding God’s mission. It is increasingly dawning on you that God has saved you not simply to “be holy” (i.e., to stop sinning, as some Christians understand holiness), but to make an impact on the world through good work which God has prepared for you ages ago (Ephesians 2:10). You are ready to be used by God! Continue reading
Most of us who have completed ninth-grade English Literature recognize the immortal words,
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
As Juliet waxes philosophical regarding her medieval heartthrob, the Christian might likewise wax theological and ponder, Would a saint called by any other name smell as sweet? Does it matter how we talk about ourselves? Continue reading
Several months ago a kindly, seasoned saint warmly introduced himself to me and pressed into my hand a fistful of tracts. The tracts featured an “old Cherokee” story about two wolves—one good and one bad—battling inside each person, with the winner being the one the person feeds. The story is a vivid depiction of good and evil, but does it really fit with what God’s word tells us about human nature? Continue reading
When taking in a good story, I am often drawn to the “wanna-be” people–the characters who are very human-like, but still not quite human: Pinocchio, C3P0, the Scarecrow of Oz. Perhaps the appeal of these characters is that they seem to simplify human nature, as though, if their inner workings were observed, they could be understood with relative ease.
We often have this same over-simplifying tendency when thinking through what the Bible has to say about humanity Continue reading