It seems like such a simple question. And it is. Sort of.
The title of my post today strikes me as oxymoronic. Miracles, after all, are defined as acts of God, amazing and marvelous events, and "seals of a divine mission"...
I close my book Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels with a story (not sure if this really happened or is simply parabolic) from Civil War days before America’s slaves were freed, about a northerner who went to a slave auction and purchased a young slave girl. As they walked away from the auction, the man turned to the girl and told her, “You’re free.”
Below is the latest “Questions and Ethics” query. Help me answer this question by telling me your thoughts in the comments. I’ll weigh in later. And remember to send me your real-life ethical dilemma to firstname.lastname@example.org
The median worship attendance at a typical congregation has declined – again – from 130 to 108.
It’s tough enough when you need a miracle in the first place, but what do you do when you need a bigger miracle?
- October 15, 2011 |
Who’s got your back? Or rather, who’s got your “belay on”? Wherever you are putting your trust in life will tell you a lot.
- October 14, 2011 |
The answer is both “yes” and “no,” and understanding why is an important discussion.
- October 13, 2011 |
Children shatter your life-plan. Adoption certainly does. It’s worth it.
- October 12, 2011 |
Struggle with sin is the common experience of Christians everywhere.
- October 12, 2011 |
The second lesson of Pastor Bob's amazing six-part class on Islam.
We can be good neighbors and even close friends while we agree to disagree and sometimes warmly debate the differences between us.
In today’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox” I talk with my favorite singer-songwriter, Michael Card, about his song, “God’s Own Fool.” It’s a song that’s changed me, and is constantly changing me; it’s a song that helped crucify my rationalism.
Parents and preachers have such a hard time with grace–trust me, I know. I’m both a parent and a preacher). We understand conditions. Conditionality makes sense. Unconditionality on the other hand is incomprehensible to us.
I told a story to our church this past weekend as part of the ending of a series on parenting. The more I’ve reflected on it, it’s about why I do what I do.
For medieval Christians, contact with relics of Christ and the saints provided a unique bridge between earth and heaven.
Most kids don’t read. And most parents don’t seem to know how to get them to read.
Imagine burying a piece of scrap metal and returning six months later to find an automobile assembly plant making its own parts, repairing its own equipment, turning out cars, and spawning other factories, all without human assistance. What happens with a seed is no less astounding.
- October 07, 2011 |
Don’t run away from this blog post just because I’m quoting a Puritan. Yes, Puritans are scary with all their big words and frilly collars, but some of them had remarkable insights into God’s Word and into human hearts. Read on to see an example of that.
- October 06, 2011 |