Philip Yancey, in two of his bestselling books, tells a story about a prostitute who came to a Christian social worker weeping about her desperate condition. She was horrified over all the wicked things she has done, which included renting out her two hear old daughter for sex with...
I am a pastor. My dad is a pastor. My brother-in-law is a pastor. My great-great-grandfather on my dad’s mother’s side was a pastor. I have gone to church my whole life—literally. I have attended a lot of churches, and been the pastor of a few more. Some of...
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...
As open as people tend to be about spirituality these days, you might think the church would be a popular concept. But it really isn’t. It seems that the church is a fairly easy target, and it takes a lot of abuse—not only from non-Christians, but from Christians as...
Here at Eternity Bible College, we are passionate about keeping the local church at the center of what we do. We don’t always do it perfectly, but we keep driving that direction. In light of that, we require every one of our students, including our online students all over...
In the last few posts, I’ve tried to show that the Bible highly values ethnic diversity in the church. Ethnic inclusivity is Spirit wrought (Acts 2) and blood bought (Eph 2); it’s not just icing on the cake. But several questions can be raised and I’ve heard many good ones...
My parents’ church is relatively small. As you travel north through California, their little town is nestled right at the end of wine country and the beginning of the Redwoods. It’s both beautiful and sparsely populated (both great reasons to live there!). But this also creates unique challenges for leading...
A few weeks ago, I said that the church needs to study the Bible corporately more than it should be studying the Bible as individuals. This sparked in my mind, and in the mind a several respondents, the relationship between the corporate and the private. In this post, I’d...
Often, when it comes to the issue of alcohol, it is only a matter of time before the inevitable point gets made of giving preference to the “weaker brother.” People pull this principle out as a trump card as if it settles the issue once and for all, but...
In many American churches, consumerism is being used as a vehicle for the gospel. With lessons gleaned from the entertainment industry and the world of marketing, these churches present the gospel using forms of communication familiar to every American. Many people hear the gospel through this type of church....
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