For a few weeks now, I have been teaching in my church on the topic of belief and doubt, so I have been on a personal journey to understand the mind of the atheist so I can better understand the mind of the serious person who cannot cross the line of faith and possibly understand […]continue reading Thoughts on Evolution, Creation, and Adam and Eve
Over the past two days, I have been watching an online video of a debate regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriages and whether or not they should be legalized. Gay Marriage Debate at Fora.tv Parts of the discussion were fascinating, parts were offensive, and parts were really informative. One issue that I had not thought […]continue reading Debate on Gay Marriage
Okay, it’s finally time for me to begin tackling this question. The problem is that I don’t really know the answers so this is going to be a general musing with some of my own hunches. Therefore, I’m really interested to know your opinions on it too. Perhaps together, we can figure some of this […]continue reading Why do non-Christians go to church? (postponed)
In our day today, many Christians oppose the increasing tolerance toward extra-marital sex. Of course, some are militant, but others are honestly opposed to the proliferation of loose sexual morality while remaining non-judgmental. On the other hand, many Christians are being ostracized by the media and others for their “conservative” and “irrational” or “archaic” views […]continue reading Random thought on the morals of sexuality
Yesterday, at the National Day of Prayer noon service, I had the chance to lead with some people from our church, a new musician friend in Adam Jansen and some local pastor friends. At the end of the service, I said to the crowd: If you don’t have a church home, I want to shamelessly […]continue reading At the National Day of Prayer Service
This last Fall, we took a survey in our church asking people to rank our church from “ick” to “wow” on various categories. This is a non-scientific study, of course, but the vast majority of our church attendees gave our church a “wow” on our preaching and mid to high marks on everything else. Also, […]continue reading Why do Christians go to church?
Yesterday, I started a series of posts on why people go to church. Studies show us that large portions of the population claim to have a strong relationship with Jesus yet studies also show that large portions of the population rarely or never go to church. Today, I continue that discussion. Let us not give […]continue reading Why Christians Should Go to Church
This morning, my wife heard on the Christian radio station that a recent study reports 67% of Americans claim to have a personal relationship with Jesus that affects their daily lives. However, just last weekend, I heard a statistic that currently 17% of Americans go to church. I think that means specifically that on any […]continue reading Why do people go to church?
With Everything (Elevation Remix) – by Hillsong United from Elevation Worship on Vimeo. The quality of music coming out of Elevation Church is truly remarkable especially when you consider many of the risks they take regarding instrumentation. Check out their Vimeo page to see more.continue reading All this sound with only three guys
What’s the issue? The question of Biblical “inerrancy” has been raised a number of times particularly in the past 50 years or so. Before answering this question, I think it’s important to simply highlight what the real issue is.continue reading 3. Where do you stand on the inerrancy of Scripture and why?
Leadership takes guts and authenticity. Lead well and you’re unstoppable.continue reading Follow the (Crazy) Leader
This post is part of a series on explaining the whole bible. Exile The kingdom of Judah ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of the brightest young people to Babylon. However, Jeremiah had predicted that the exile would last only 70 years, and Isaiah even predicted a king named Cyrus would be […]continue reading Exile & Renewed Hope
The latest Internet video phenomenon has come from American Idol. It’s the song, Pants on the Ground! ATL 10 @ Yahoo! Video “Neil Young” has even done a rendition of this new hit:continue reading Pants on the Ground
It seems so capricious and uncaring that a God would allow his own son to suffer, until you get the bigger picture that God loved the sinful world so much that he sacrificed one son, for three days, to gain billions of children for a sinless eternity. We look at all pain and suffering from […]continue reading Thoughts on the Problem of Evil
James 1:2-3 gives the standard Christian answer to this question: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance… Of course, knowing the Sunday school answer and being okay with it are two different things entirely, but this week, I […]continue reading Why does God let us face trials?