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 email@example.com
Because its easier or perhaps out of fear, we often avoid messy situations, to the detriment of our kids.
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 |
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 |
Now that a pastor's sermons can be used as a weapon against a political candidate, what does that mean for the church and the state?
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.
Some evangelicals talk as though personal evangelism and public justice are contradictory concerns, or, at least, that one is part of the mission of the church and the other isn’t. I think otherwise.
- October 06, 2011 |
You will be the only dad your kid will ever know. What kind of dad will you be?
- October 05, 2011 |
It's nice to have one of "our guys" in the Oval Office, but it doesn't validate our faith.
- October 03, 2011 |
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about persecuted Cubs fan Steve Bartman is that he didn't cash in when he could have.
- September 30, 2011 |