It was the Fall of ‘93, deep in the buckle of the Bible Belt. I was a high school student in Junction City, Arkansas. An evangelist had come to our church and encouraged us to invite as many students as possible to come hear the gospel. Although I suspected...
In the last few posts, I’ve tried to show that the Bible highly values ethnic diversity in the church. Ethnic inclusivity is Spirit wrought (Acts 2) and blood bought (Eph 2); it’s not just icing on the cake. But several questions can be raised and I’ve heard many good ones...
In my previous post (“racial reconciliation”), I looked at two passages (Eph 2 and Gal 2) that place a high value on breaking down the walls of ethnic division within the church. This is especially important since in many churches, people don't seem to care whether it’s ethnically diverse...
I’ve been studying the Bible for over 16 years now, but only recently thought about what the Bible says about racial reconciliation. Racial tension is as old as Noah, and with Martin Luther King Day approaching, I thought I’d blog about what I now consider a theologically crucial topic. So...
Small churches matter. (I argued this in a previous post.) As the embodiment of God’s kingdom in a particular area, every church, large or small, is irreplaceable. The importance of the local church is highlighted when we consider that it was the church that God left on earth to accomplish...
The real movers and shakers in the evangelical world tend to belong to large churches. You’re probably not going to find a popular podcast coming out of a small church, and if you find a popular YouTube clip featuring some part of a church service, it probably came from...
The other day I was with a friend of mine and he made quite a profound statement in passing that I have not yet been able to get out of my head. We were in the midst of discussing parenting (he is a few years ahead of me 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...
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