That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.
The Old Testament was written in the language of its writers, which was Hebrew, and the New Testament was written in the language of its writers -- or at least the dominant language of commerce and culture -- which was Greek. The Bibles we read are translations of those languages into the English language. So does it matter which Bible we use?
Sometime back a survey from the Barna Group yielded six reasons young people leave the church.
Church attendance is about more than personal self-improvement. It's about body life.
Most Christians don’t look to Chris Rock for advice. But on one point, he has something we should hear.
If you have ever been to London, you are familiar with the "tube," London’s expansive underground transport system. Once there, a constant refrain -- over loudspeakers and on signs -- is "Mind the Gap." There are, of course, many "gaps" to be mindful of.
Its far easier to lob criticism from the sidelines. Maybe it's time we give our leaders a break
The shape of prolife activism in the 21st Century
Christians talk a lot about premarital sex. And I think that’s a mistake, for one, because the grammar is skewed. (Read more)
Multiply is a good book and one that fills an important niche. If you think back to the days when you were a new believer, I am certain you will see the benefit of this type of material.
When is it okay for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let’s state the obvious. It’s never just "okay."
When it comes to Disney, let's dismiss the faulty theology, but celebrate it's creativity and beauty.
The idea of culture "keepers" is significant. There are aspects of culture – a nation’s culture, a church’s culture, a family’s culture – that must be "kept."
Another example of the upside down world of the politically correct
Why would a pastor shy away from preaching a message on giving? The answers are many and complex, but most boil down to one: He’s afraid.
In 1939, J.R.R. Tolkien prepared an essay to be delivered as a lecture at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was titled "On Fairy-Stories," and in the piece he explained and defended the use of fantasy as a literary form.
It’s that time of year again; time to look back at the year that was, and look forward to the year ahead.