It's an interesting question, isn't it? Of course, the immediate answer—if you're a Christian soaked in Christian rhetoric—is to pray. It doesn't even matter what the issue is. You just better darn well pray over it! And I certainly agree. Pray is the life-blood of the Christian and the Church....
Earlier this week, a group of 21 Egyptian Christians, members of the Coptic Church, were beheaded. The accusation against them: they were "people of the cross, members of the hostile Egyptian Church." This unfathomable act was carried out by ISIS—an act of barely veiled evil, supposedly done in service...
What, you don’t think the Bible says anything about zombies? Believe it or not, one of the signs of the power of Jesus’ death was the introduction of Christian zombies: “And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints...
Jesus is the light of the world. John tells us all about that in his gospel. But the most striking picture of this actually comes on the last pages of our Bibles. Revelation 21-22 give us a picture of the world set to rights, of the world as it was...
The western church, as you know, wades around in a thick sludge of individualism. We admit it. We bemoan it. But sometimes we don’t realize just how deep our individualism runs. As I peel back the many unforeseen layers of my presuppositions, I often see individualistic tendencies governing my...
A few days ago, I raised the question whether Jesus was born at an inn and concluded that he probably was not. For some reason, I enjoy questioning our modern view of Jesus, not because I like to be edgy, but because I love to wipe clean our cultural...
Fiction writers create characters. By putting words on a page, the fiction writer makes these characters come alive in the imagination of readers around the world. The fiction writer also creates plots, weaving these characters together into intricate storylines that reveal the unique personality of each character, revealing and...
Whose kingdom are you building? It may sound like a strange question, but the answer is incredibly important. We spend our lives building up our own kingdoms. We work to earn a living, but we also work to gain respect, to move up the social and material ladder, to gain...
In a sense, only God creates. Only God can “stand” in the “middle” of complete nothingness and call as-yet-non-existent things into being. We call this creation ex nihilo: “out of nothing.” So we can truly look at every aspect of our world and say, “God made this.” But as every...
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...
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