A few weeks ago, I said that the church needs to study the Bible corporately more than it should be studying the Bible as individuals. This sparked in my mind, and in the mind a several respondents, the relationship between the corporate and the private. In this post, I’d...

Pride

Pride is the root of all sin, and yet American Christianity (of the suburban type) has transformed it into a socially acceptable sin. This transformation is the epitome of our creative ability to make sin look less intense and more palatable. Think about it. If you ask someone what...
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...
One thing we try to do at Eternity Bible College is really attempt to be known by what we stand for rather than what we are standing against. Now inevitably there will be times where by standing for something we are inherently in opposition to something else but we...
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,...
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...
We have developed a tendency to think of the church as a corporation. I have blogged about several aspects of this already (click here, here, here, or here to view these posts). In this post I want to consider church buildings. If you want to find Best Buy, Costco, or...
Shortly after Christ transformed my life at age 19 (I’m 35 now), I gained a growing desire to pursue ministry. I didn’t even know what that meant, but I loved to study the Bible and think through theological issues. So hey, if I can get paid for it, that’d...
You don’t often hear this. In fact, I often hear the opposite, something like: “Bible Scholars stifle our faith;” “they only complicate the Bible so that the common person is confused;” “you don’t need to be a scholar to understand God;” and on and on. There’s some truth to this....
Over the past few years, I've been intrigued by the remarkable growth of Christianity around the globe in the last century. It is shocking, yet informative, that the center of gravity of the Christian Church no longer resides in the West. It is in the South (Africa and Latin...
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