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.
- September 13, 2012 |
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.
With the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, and the DNC coming next week to my home city (Charlotte), it seemed a good time to talk about the Christian and politics.
The best we can do at any moment of life is to take the next step in front of us.
There are two things we must get straight if we expect to have any impact on the moral condition of our culture, let alone its spiritual condition.
- August 27, 2012 |
I am about to go where angels fear to tread. Yep, church numbers.
- August 27, 2012 |
There’s an old line that goes, "It’s like saying you want to marry someone, but still date around." Who would think of marrying someone, and then act as if it was okay to date? It was an easy point to get. Not anymore.
- August 23, 2012 |
Great preachers are the ones who preach really bad sermons. The difference is that they preach really bad sermons when they’re young, and are sharpened for life by critique.
The measure of the Christian life is growth in holiness. We grow in holiness, at least in part, by putting sin to death. We put sin to death by exposing it to the light.
I want to make sure that churches understand their models. And specifically, that if you want to be a church for the unchurched, you understand what that means.
f you want to see the gospel of Christ that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television.
"Snarky" is a relatively new, mostly British slang adjective that means "critical," "cutting" or "testy." It can refer to a person, or mood. Or, in our case, a culture.
- August 16, 2012 |