Bible College students want to change the world. Or at least their church. And they want to do so immediately. At least, that’s how many of my students roll. I completely understand the compulsion to change things overnight. I’ve been there. You read the Bible, you read books on theology...
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...
We saw two worlds collide in our last couple days in Kathmandu. On Thursday, we visited a small village up in the mountains between Kathmandu and Mt. Everest. The road wasn’t as deathly as our trip to Hetauda, but I was able to offset my safety by riding on the...
Let’s be honest. Philemon is an odd little book. I know it’s not okay to call sections of the Bible “odd” or “random,” but I remember reading Philemon for the first time and thinking, Why is this in here? If you haven’t yet read it, go ahead! It will take...
David Platt is best known for his book Radical. If you’ve read it, you know it’s incredibly hard-hitting, convicting, challenging, and inspiring. Even if you don’t like everything he says or the way he says it, I can’t imagine anyone reading that book without becoming more committed to Christ. But...
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...
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...
Small churches matter. (I argued this in a previous post.) As the embodiment of God’s kingdom in a particular area, every church, large or small, is irreplaceable. The importance of the local church is highlighted when we consider that it was the church that God left on earth to accomplish...
In my last post, I talked about Ezekiel 16 and how my worldview was shaken when I came across God’s radical assessment of Israel’s wicked behavior in 16:49. Here, as we saw, God places Israel’s lack of concern for the poor at the pinnacle of his scathing critique of...
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