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In a previous post, I discussed Christians and alcohol. I began by making several well-known assertions about what the Bible says, and concluded by making a few lesser-known ones. In this post, I want to continue the discussion by looking at two issues that I mentioned in passing in...
Last week, I posted about the striking contrast between the annual ETS meeting and the grinding poverty of inner-city San Francisco where the conference was located. This was a thought-provoking experience to say the least! But it wasn’t the first time God opened my eyes to realities of poverty...
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...
I’m writing this post from downtown San Francisco, where I just finished attending the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) conference. Every year, thousands of leading evangelical theologians gather together at an upscale hotel to present papers on various biblical, ethical, and theological issues. “Logical Contradiction and God’s Omnipotence” and “Foundationalism...
The same thing happens every week: My wife turns on The Biggest Loser, I pretend that I’m not going to watch it, then I sit spellbound for the entire two-hour broadcast. You wouldn’t think it would be fun to watch people work out for two hours, but somehow it...
Call them what you will—small groups, community groups, life groups, missional communities, neighborhood gatherings, etc.—we need the Bible to be studied in these groups. We need, for lack of better terms, more Bible Studies. Now, I know that the label “Bible Study” is falling out of vogue these days,...
One of my heroes of the faith is a man by the name of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), who is a fitting example of the stuff I’ve been writing about over the past few posts. Schweitzer was a German theologian and missionary who exemplifies having a passion for both heart...
Ok, the time has come to look at one of the positive benefits of engaging in a short term mission trip—the long term relationships with the nationals and host churches. Probably the biggest difference between America and most other cultures in the world is that we are more production oriented...
Of course they are, and don’t you dare question that!! This is the type of response I often get in so many words. I’m not sure what it is, but when it comes to Short Term trips, we sure love our building projects. And questioning the benefits of such...
Ok, if you’ve been reading the last few posts (if you haven’t you should skip down and read the last 2), it may seem that I’m super down on short-term mission trips. And in some ways, I am. I am super down on short term trips that cost a...
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