As a church family we recently walked through 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, two books written to a persecuted church. So in light of Kim Jong-Il’s recent death, I pose the following question: How would we respond if a believer from North Korea came to us and expressed a desire...
Everyone likes beauty. Why hang an ugly painting on your wall when you can hang a beautiful painting instead? But for many Christians, there is a question that nags more deeply: Why hang any painting at all? I mean, the money spent on that painting could have been used to...
I recently heard an African-American describe the difference between living in the South and living in the North. "In the South," he said, "I was loved, but only as an inferior. In the North, I was treated as an equal, but I was hated." Kind of a no win...
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...
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...
If the previous posts hold true: namely that OWS is indeed a global phenomena affecting hundreds of thousands of people that is an incredibly diversified in regard to how to make things better; what is the appropriate response for the church. Or, as Francis Schaeffer so aptly questioned “How...
As stated in a previous post, there is much that the church can learn from the Occupy Wall       Street movement. In addition to seeing how incredibly diverse groups can find unity around a common cause; the church can also learn a lot about OWS regarding hope. People around the...
I’m not a politician, nor an economist. I’m the last one who could wax eloquent about our economic crisis, and I have no clue how to get out of it or when we will get back on our feet—if ever. But from what I’ve been told, America has faced...
Oct 18th saw the passing of the one month mark of the Occupy Wall St.  movement.   30 days, 82 countries, 1500 cities and thousands upon thousands of people have made one thing abundantly clear:  at the very least, people are not satisfied with the status quo. Prior to offering...
What is the relationship between the gospel and social action? Or how do evangelism and feeding the poor relate? Does the gospel necessitate social justice? Does social justice necessitate the gospel for it to be valuable? These are just some of the questions that the church is wrestling with—and arguing...
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