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 |
The latest edition of The New York Times Magazine features a cover photo of a young girl with long hair in a long, flowing pink dress decorated with flowers. Only it isn’t a girl. It’s a boy.
- August 13, 2012 |
What happens when we die? It’s a question that presses upon the human imagination. And Christians are no exception.
- August 10, 2012 |
The National Association of Evangelicals recently polled its leadership as to whether they felt the United States was a Christian nation. The answer was overwhelming.
- August 09, 2012 |
Almighty God desires simply to be known as the giver of the gift of absolute grace. To this we say “no”. Then the relationship is destroyed [by our 'morality'] just as surely as it is by our immorality.
- August 08, 2012 |
A working definition: church hopping is going from one church to another without committing to any one church for any significant period of time (which makes it different than legitimate church "shopping").
- August 06, 2012 |