f you want to see the gospel of Christ that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television.
- August 20, 2012 |
"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 |
There are several fallouts from a culture that is “always on.” For one thing, it's made us impatient.
- August 02, 2012 |
It's hard to find a really good chicken sandwich.
- August 01, 2012 |
What we believe to be true about children will inevitably shape the way we “train them up.”
- July 31, 2012 |
Have you scratched your head over the last few weeks and thought, “What in the world is going on?” What’s going on is a massive divide about what is meant by “tolerance.”
- July 30, 2012 |
We can’t say, “The world is going to hell” and then use that as an excuse not to serve the Lord.
Moralists interpret misfortune as the karmic result of misbehavior. This for that. “You failed to obey God, so He gave your child an illness.” Such rule-based economies of punishment and reward may be the default mode of the fallen human heart, but that doesn’t make them any less brutal!
For years I had wanted to read some of the classics of the Christian faith, but I knew that without a measure of accountability I would never have the self-discipline to make my way through them. I decided to launch a reading program called Reading Classics Together.
Every now and then an event comes along that offers a unique reflection of our world. A mirror, if you will, of what our culture has become.
Ruthlessness has its rewards, at least in the short term.
- July 24, 2012 |
There is a word that is often airbrushed from our rhetoric. Evil. And we need the word back.
- July 23, 2012 |