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Last week we came to grips with the reality of our homelessness in this world, yet our sense of belonging to the family of God. We are adopted sons and daughters, this is true; yet we wait to go Home. So we are pilgrims on the journey. Peter calls us “sojourners” and “exiles” in his … Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical (Part 2)
In a recent interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, captured the essence of the 2016 election and the Christian dilemma in less than ten words: “There are a lot of Evangelicals who feel homeless.” Don’t you? For the first time in my adult life, I feel like … Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical
“To you” seems like an innocent way to invite everyone’s voice to the table for discussion, but I contend that it’s a surefire way to kill effective Bible study. Continue reading 2 Words That Kill Effective Bible Study
This week we continue our study of technology, relationships, and how the two should relate to each other. In the first post, I presented the problem: that technology is becoming a substitute for relationships, an office it was never meant to hold. In the second post, we looked at six core biblical principles that greatly … Continue reading Connections & Affections (Part 3)
We are in the midst of a series called Connections & Affections, where we are spending some time examining how technology and relationships have collided, the problems we face in reconciling the two, and how we go make strides forward. Last week’s post introduced the problem: that we expect more from technology and less from each … Continue reading Connections & Affections (Part 2)
You will not be shocked when I tell you, because you have already heard, and you know yourself. Yes, this post will reveal a truth that has been widely recognized and accepted for quite some time, with countless blogs and TEDTalks and magazines informing us of the continued same old song and dance when it comes … Continue reading Connections & Affections (Part 1)
What if our churches weren’t divided up by the same economic and racial and political and generational categories that would bind us together even if Jesus were not alive? What would it mean, in your church, if a minimum-wage janitor were mentoring the multimillionaire executive of the restaurant where he cleans toilets, because the janitor/mentor … Continue reading Gospel Community
Abraham Kuyper is one of the most noted and well-respected Dutch theologians in all of church history. He has written much in the way of how Christians should think about culture, and how God created culture to function. Nearly a hundred years later after his death, it seems Christians are still trying to answer some … Continue reading Abraham Kuyper’s 9 Points on Christianity and Culture
Legend has it that once a famous newspaper, The Times of London, ran a cover story addressing the penultimate question, “What’s Wrong With the World?” The story goes that the newspaper consulted various philosophers and thinkers for the project, searching for competing answers. They came to Catholic theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and asked him to … Continue reading What is Wrong With the World?
As Christians, we often treat our gospel message like a gate…but the Church is something else. Continue reading The Church, A Battering Ram
Is it, truly, the most wonderful time of the year? I’m a big fan of Christmas. I don’t really care when they start or stop playing Christmas music on the local radio stations. It doesn’t bother me that much to see stores putting out Christmas decor early. I love the traditions of looking at Christmas … Continue reading Killing the Christmas Story and Season
In today’s culture, social media is a Coliseum of sorts. Continue reading Fight or Flight? Engaging Opposition in Social Media
Playboy recently announced that it will be scrapping its magazines of nudity. The initial response from the evangelical camp was one of joy. “Thank goodness they’ve come to their senses.” Unfortunately, they haven’t at all, and that’s the point. It turns out, the decision to get rid of nudity in the famous magazines was centered … Continue reading On Playboy, Goats, and Shock Value in Sexual Culture