I’m thrilled to announce that Touch Nepal is now live! This ministry has been years in the making and it’s finally here. And I’m incredibly stoked to be a part of this ministry. What is Touch Nepal? Here’s a short history. Touch Nepal is a ministry led by myself, Mark Avery, and...
I’m not a professional preacher, and offering thoughts on “how to be a better preacher” can be dangerous, since I’m yet to “arrive” myself. But my thoughts on preaching do not mean that I know all there is about preaching, nor does it mean that I’m the world’s best...
In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in books published on Christianity and the arts. This seems to be increasingly on the radar in many of our churches and theological circles. Unfortunately, this renewed emphasis on art stands in contrast to the past four or five hundred...
It doesn’t. Not always. Not often, even. It seems that the more we know, the more condescending we become. We study the Bible to gain theological insight, then we set out to prove other people wrong. Theology becomes ammunition for debate rather than food for our soul. Rather than...
In the last post, I argued that the ever popular Christianese phrase “feeling called to…” is not a biblical concept. When used theologically, the word “call/calling” is almost exclusively used in terms of election unto salvation, not to authenticate a spiritual nudge we may have toward a particular ministry...
The Christian faith is cluttered with buzzwords—terms and phrases that spiritually authenticate the stuff we do. We invite Jesus into our heart, ask God to bless our food, and try to live missionally. We “do community,” “live on mission,” and “feel led by the Spirit” to do all sorts...
Josh Grauman spent the last two blogs critiquing my previous three blogs on the future temple, and I must say that Josh is clearly wrong. He needs to retake Hermeneutics 101 because he obviously didn’t pass it the first time. He should also sit in on an Ezekiel class...
The other day, I had lunch with an old college buddy, who was one of the most influential people in my life. This was a highlight of my year, because I haven’t seen my good friend and mentor in nearly 12 years. His name is Bert Suluvale and I wanted...
God, as the Creator, chose to make human beings creative. Creativity is no accidental side effect of being human—a thought that I believe plagues the subconscious thoughts of many Christians. No, God endowed us with creativity so that we would use that divinely engrained gift in cultivating his world...
When Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica, he had these words of praise for them: “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it...
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