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...
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...
Swaziland has the unfortunate distinction of leading the world in HIV/AIDS infection, which means it is a country with many orphaned and neglected children. Over the course of two trips, my wife and I experienced this overwhelming need firsthand and knew we wanted to help feed the children of...
Gordon Spykman said, “Nothing matters but the kingdom. But because of the kingdom, everything matters.” Jesus taught us to pray that his kingdom would come, which essentially means that God’s will be “done on earth as it is in heaven.” Too many Christians spend their lives building their own kingdoms....
Every person on the planet is longing for something. There are things they want, hope for, pursue, need. Across the board, every single person has a nagging sense that something is wrong with the world. They spend their lives searching for what they believe to be missing. This is...
How shall we follow the Lord Jesus as Christians in our tumultuous socio-political context today? Every generation of Christians in every geographical context answers this question with their churches and lives. Various Christian teachers and self-centered tendencies within complexify, confuse, and discourage me from clarifying my stance...
Like most everyone who heard the news of this past weekend, I was angered and appalled at the news of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's (alleged) racist conversation with his former girlfriend V. Stiviano. His words are almost unbelievable and unbearable to listen to. I don't believe I have a...
When Paul preached the gospel in Thessalonica, it aroused quite an uproar. “These men who have turned the world upside down,” shouted the mob, “have come here also” (Acts 17:6). This scene drips with irony. Paul and his companions go into a large city and teach in one of...
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...
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...
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