The Bible itself is far from silent regarding prosperity…However, it seems that God measures prosperity far differently than social scientists (or prosperity preachers) do. Could it be that our obsession with personal health and wealth is blowing a gaping hole in our actual prosperity? 21st-century Christians (particularly Americans) would do well to heed four truths from 3 John 2-4 which grate against our imbalanced view of prosperity. Continue reading
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 (or less) 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