We would probably all say that we desire to honor God. Who would deny this? But in reality, many Christians have deceived themselves into thinking that they can actually live a life that honors God apart from being in continual relationships with the body of Christ. Many would say that...
After a long hiatus, I’d like to revisit the idea of Christianity and the poor—something that’s much discussed today, though many stones remained to be unturned. Previously, I pointed out my own journey in this subject, which began in Ezek 16:49 (part 1). I then pointed out some things...
Do you ever find it odd that we have worship celebrities? I’m not suggesting that guys like Chris Tomlin or David Crowder are odd (okay, Crowder is a bit odd, but in a cool way), I’m just saying that the concept of a celebrity worshiper is strange. In some...
If you have even a minor interest in the Christian scene, then you’ve seen it happen. It’s only a matter of time until two Christian leaders that you look up to (you’ve been influenced by their books, sermons, conferences, etc.) come down on different sides of some important issue. So...
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “church”? Most of us have enough theological wherewithal to point out that church is more than a building, but I’m not convinced that our view of church is as healthy as we think. This is now my third post...
In my last post, I talked about Ezekiel 16 and how my worldview was shaken when I came across God’s radical assessment of Israel’s wicked behavior in 16:49. Here, as we saw, God places Israel’s lack of concern for the poor at the pinnacle of his scathing critique of...
I’d like to start a series of blog posts dealing with what the Bible says about the poor. My interest in this topic began a few years back as I was preparing to teach the book of Ezekiel. With much excitement, I got to chapter 16 in my study, which...
In many ways, we have begun to view the church as a corporation. Some will argue that this is a necessary adaptation to our modern context, but we can say that at the very least it poses some serious problems. It’s not unhealthy to learn from the corporate world...
As open as people tend to be about spirituality these days, you might think the church would be a popular concept. But it really isn’t. It seems that the church is a fairly easy target, and it takes a lot of abuse—not only from non-Christians, but from Christians as...
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