Paul refers to himself numerous times as worth “imitating” when it comes to spiritual growth and maturity. What do we see when we look to Paul as an example?
- July 21, 2011 |
An honest conversation with Jesus about how we should live that takes place between the lines of the Great Sermon in Luke 6.
- July 20, 2011 |
My first book, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, is being re-released with new content and a study guide for small groups. Here is part of the intro from the book.
- July 19, 2011 |
It seems necessary to address why and even if Christians should be involved in redeeming society and culture. There are many who deride such activity as being a diversion from the “real” work of the church, which in their minds is nothing more than articulating the personal plan of salvation (or “gospel,” very narrowly understood).
Is there a better, deeper lesson to the story of Lazarus than the one we typically think of?
An adopting couple's pastor asked if I’d write a letter to their soon-to-be-adopted boy, for when he’s old enough to start asking questions about his adoption and what it means. I’ve changed his name, but this is what I wrote.
I was recently asked to net out some of the types of churches currently shaping practice and thought around the United States.
*This post is a reprint from July, 2007, written upon the release of the seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. We thought it fitting to re-publish it with the release of the seventh and final film.
In five sparing verses the Lord's Prayer brings us to the throne room of God...
We tend to fuzzy-up the distinction between praying for someone and forgiving them. But they're not the same thing at all.
The orphans of the world, whether in Russia or India or Alabama, are among the most vulnerable imaginable. And Jesus has identified the “least of these” as His brothers and sisters (Matt. 25:40). When we care for them, we care for Him.
Which movie to see this weekend? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 or Winnie the Pooh. The choice is yours.
The heart slowly hardens like concrete. Can a hard heart be shattered and made soft at the last second? Yes, but we can’t count on it.
- July 13, 2011 |
How important is it that we pray for those whom we know do, or have, meant us harm?
- July 12, 2011 |
If the opening chapters of the Book of Ecclesiastes were to take on flesh, the result would be something like Woody Allen. And now the angst-ridden filmmaker is back with a new movie, Midnight in Paris.
- July 12, 2011 |
This could be one of the more opportune theological teaching moments of our day.
- July 11, 2011 |
What can we do to help us see others not with our eyes, but God's?
- July 09, 2011 |
There is a conclusion I have come to through all these many years as a pastor: a volunteer is a saint.
- July 07, 2011 |
Why does man feel so bad in the very age when, more than in any other age, he has succeeded in satisfying his needs and making the world over for his own use?
- July 06, 2011 |
A pressing concern for us today is that unlike our first and second-century brothers and sisters, we all-too-often appear similar to the surrounding culture. This is especially true among the forthcoming generation. As Christianity Today reported more than seven years ago, “Specific studies of sexual trends among Christian teens have been limited, but all indications are that, on average, there is little difference between their sexual behavior and that of non-Christian youths.”
- July 05, 2011 |