One of the most difficult questions for a Christian to wrestle with is the thought that people who have never heard the gospel may spend eternity in hell. Throughout history this thought has raised questions about God’s justice, mercy, and goodness. It has led many to simply conclude that...
Every day I drive past an Oldsmobile bearing a prominent window sticker that reads: “The Purpose of Life Is…to Get to Heaven.” I’m sure the owner of this always-parked car is a well-intentioned human being who wants to reach people with the gospel so they can spend eternity with...
Like well over four million other people, I have been reading (“devouring” is probably more accurate) first Freakonomics, and now SuperFreakonomics. These groundbreaking books, written by an insightful economist with brilliant curiosities (Steven D. Levitt) and a talented journalist (Stephen J. Dubner), explore “the hidden side of everything.” They...
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...
Can you count the number of authors you agree with on every point of doctrine and practice? I can: zero. (Okay, put me down for One if we’re counting the Bible (or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 if you want to count the inspired writers)—but I’m keeping this...
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...
In this series of posts on beauty, the premise has been that God is the standard of beauty, and His creation is intended to reflect Him. Some of the implications of this have been addressed, but in this post I will attempt to delicately expand on the affect sin...
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...
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