Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.
- September 24, 2012 |
Sometimes we need to be narrow-minded.
- September 24, 2012 |
Today, we have made personal experience everything. What we think and feel, what we emote and choose, is placed above the stated orthodoxy of the community of faith of which we are a part.
- September 20, 2012 |
Someone brought something to my attention recently. A young woman on our staff came across a talk, given by a pastor, on a church’s website. It was my talk.
- September 17, 2012 |
Our culture has made a mother's womb the most dangerous place on the planet.
- September 15, 2012 |
Those who have died are in the hands of God who is both just and loving.
- September 14, 2012 |
A “Day of Accounting” will eventually come for all of us, but local church leaders bear a heavier responsibility.
On a recent Christian talk show the host was rightly commending Dawn Loggins, an eighteen-year-old who was once homeless but is now headed to Harvard.
I think the reason this question resonates with so many parents is precisely because we adults can’t adequately explain the doctrine ourselves.
The idea is a simple one: if you take one step on to a slippery slope, you may find yourself sliding all the way down the hill. Culturally, it means that if you rationalize doing something from a particular philosophy or set of values, you may want to consider how that same rationale might apply to other, less popular, concerns.
During a jog on our annual study break, I was praying to God for self-evaluation; how I could improve, do better, go to another level in my life and ministry. As I continued down the trail, four questions formed in my mind that penetrated to the heart of not just improvement, but the kind of ruthless self-assessment that leads to substantive life change.
- September 10, 2012 |
Let’s talk instead about what any single individual person, in any particular church, can do to help their church reach its full redemptive potential. In other words, let’s go after the lowest-hanging solution-oriented fruit.
- September 06, 2012 |
CNN recently ran an article about the YouTube slam on creationism, "Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children," by Bill Nye -- also known as TV’s "Bill Nye the Science Guy." I felt it worthwhile to address this.
- September 03, 2012 |
This is not a call for shorter sermons, but it is a call for purposeful preaching where every word counts.
- September 01, 2012 |
All of our attempts (well intentioned as they may be) to minimize suffering reveal our universal, fatal love affair with control and law.
- August 31, 2012 |
Many young women today are convinced that they are revolutionaries. What they don’t see is that they are swimming downstream from someone else’s sewage.
- August 30, 2012 |