Bible College students want to change the world. Or at least their church. And they want to do so immediately. At least, that’s how many of my students roll. I completely understand the compulsion to change things overnight. I’ve been there. You read the Bible, you read books on theology...
While walking through apartment complexes one clear January afternoon I was praying about the opportunity to move into an often avoided area of our community in order to better serve and invest in the families there. During that prayer walk, God specifically placed one of the youth and her...
When C. S. Lewis put pen to paper (that was more than a metaphor back then), you could typically expect something profound. As one of his most influential books, Mere Christianity has a lot of profound things to say about many important subjects. I would guess that most of...
Discipleship is an essential function of the church. It's the mission that Jesus left us with when He raised from the dead and ascended to the Father: "Go into all the world and make disciples." As disciples of Jesus, an important part of our job description is being disciple-makers. But...
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Nothing like this had ever happened before. In the beginning, there was God. And nothing else. Not an empty space and an endlessly ticking clock. Just nothing. No space. No time. Space and time are included under the heading...
What does Jesus’s love for harlots, tax-collectors, and other outcasts tell us about how He would approach the issue of same-sex love today? Put differently: Since Jesus loved sinners unconditionally, does this mean that Jesus would be (or is) frustrated at Churches today who oppose same-sex relations? The reverend John Spong...
It's easy to be grumpy about all of the denominations in the church. If we're supposed to be united as the body of Christ, then why do we have Baptists and Presbyterians and Methodists and Lutherans and Episcopalians and Evangelical Free Churches and Assemblies of God a host of...
You read that right. There are streakers in the Bible. I can think of four different accounts of people streaking (i.e., running naked) in the Bible.   Streaker #1: Joseph Joseph was forced into the life of a slave through the wicked actions of his brothers. In Genesis 39, Joseph was serving...
Earlier this week, a group of 21 Egyptian Christians, members of the Coptic Church, were beheaded. The accusation against them: they were "people of the cross, members of the hostile Egyptian Church." This unfathomable act was carried out by ISIS—an act of barely veiled evil, supposedly done in service...
We want God to do the spectacular through us and around us. Of course we do. I can remember times when I've read Acts and then prayed that God would shake our little prayer meeting room, just as he shook the room the disciples were praying in. We read about...
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