Too often, our attitude toward the surrounding culture and those who make it up is judgmental and condemning. We thoughtlessly criticize anything that isn’t distinctly Christian. We vilify and ridicule the representatives of “godless culture” and rather than engage with and love the lost, we take offense and withdraw into our Christian enclaves. This is devastating to the church and it's mission.
Do you ever find yourself risking everything that matters most in the world to pursue some desire that you really don’t even want to gratify?
Bearing these great spiritual truths in mind, our prayer becomes a matter of worship rather than an opportunity to update God on our needs.
The Bible is neither vague nor equivocal on the prophetic promise of Christ's return. Here are nine reasons from Scripture by which you can be certain of Jesus' Second Coming.
I'd like your help. Our new bookstore, The Grounds, asked me for the top ten books I would recommend that everyone read. Whether they are simply new to the faith, or just hungry to grow, what would those ten be?
There’s a simple reason for it. Richard Paul Evans is a Number One New York Times best-selling author because he knows how to tell a story.
It is one of the hardest journeys of a kids' life - becoming a teenager. And we, parents, don't find it too easy either!
Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.
Summer movies—even overstuffed ones—can still provide a heavy dose of good old-fashioned fun.
As the presidential election draws nearer by the day, this is the time to discuss the course of the American empire. Clearly, polls show that most Americans believe the nation is on the wrong course, and many of us see signs of decay. So what are we to do about all this?
What did Peter by women being “weaker vessels” – was he saying that women were morally weaker? Emotionally weaker?
Joel Osteen was back on CNN this week, and viewers saw a display of confusion, evasion and equivocation coming from one presented as a Christian pastor. What they were really seeing is the total theological bankruptcy of the word of faith movement and the gospel of positive thinking.
Sometimes we might do what’s right -- but for the wrong (usually selfish) reason.
Tim Tebow says he wants a wife with “a servant’s heart.” Does that make him a misogynist?
Q: "It is difficult for me to have an discussion with my husband without a yelling match. How can we learn to argue constructively?"
We live in a fallen world and will never, through civic, legislative or legal action, be able to scrub it of sin. No political victory is ever final, at least not in a nation where representative self-government means continuous contention for the hearts and minds of voting citizens.
It’s easy to lump all negative emotions as sin. We read commands to rejoice during trials and assume depression is failure.
- September 21, 2012 |