This past week our church had a baptism service at my kids’ favorite swimming hole. I must admit. I had my reservations about having it at the spot for which my children have become pavlovian-conditioned to splash. Therefore, in order to prevent Kong (my six year old) from shouting...
We sometimes view the gospel stories as fairytales. When Jesus called his first disciples, for example, we might picture Jesus floating up to them, with a halo softly glowing over his head, putting his soon-to-be disciples into a religious trance as he says, “Follow me.” But as Jesus called his...
On Easter Sunday, virtually every sermon highlights Jesus’ resurrection. And rightly so. It is healthy for the church to remember this event, which Paul says happened at “the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4), with our annual church calendar. Resurrection Sunday, as many call it. It’s a big deal. But what about...
Depending on your background and personal convictions, Halloween is either really exciting or really dark. Or something in between. Though most people tend to feel strongly one way or the other, there are actually important issues involved in the way we celebrate Halloween, and developing a clear-cut biblical response...
In a previous post, I argued that we can and should approach “unspiritual” topics like political science and botany as worthwhile subjects for Christian consideration. As Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. points out, “The learned person has…more to be Christian with.”  Every subject of inquiry carries the potential for worship and...
Yesterday I wrote about what it means to hear the voice of God and tried to navigate some of the subjectivity of how you know what God is calling you to do. Today I want to continue in that vein. Many Christians firmly believe that they have received a God-giving...
Facebook asks a great question every time we log in: What’s on your mind? It’s a question we should be asking ourselves, not necessarily as a conversation piece, but as a means of self-reflection. We can learn a lot about what we really value by examining what we’re constantly...
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...
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...
Does God want us to prosper? Absolutely. And yet, proponents of the so-called prosperity gospel have been vigorously attacked by evangelical leaders. Why? Should we overlook the fact that Jesus tells us to “provide yourselves with moneybags” and to pursue “treasure”? If that’s not prosperity talk, I don’t know what...
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