THE MESSAGE OF THANKSGIVING, IN 250 WORDS OR LESS

The local newspaper for the city in which I currently live asked me to answer the following question in 250 words or less: “What is your message of thanksgiving this season? What are you thankful for and why?”  In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share my response: My message of thanksgiving this […]

THE WAY YOU ACT, ESPECIALLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA, MATTERS TO LOST PEOPLE (AND TO SAVED PEOPLE)

The following is an edited portion of what will serve as the introduction to a book I’m writing on the sanctification of the believer. I read a biography recently called, Son of Hamas, written by an Arabian man, raised by an Islamic terrorist (a founding member of Hamas), who served undercover for the Israeli government, and […]

SHOULD CHRISTIANS GIVE MARK DRISCOLL AND MARS HILL CHURCH THE MIDDLE FINGER?

Some years ago I watched a nature series entitled Life that depicted the life of, well, life. One of the episodes included never-before-captured footage of a pack of Komodo dragons hunting a water buffalo. The event was unique because no one thought that a reptile would pursue a mammal, but the food situation was so dire that the Komodo […]

THE SECRET OF A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH

Bill Simmons, in his book, The Book of Basketball, talks about a chance meeting he had with NBA legend Isiah Thomas. In this meeting, Simmons details how Thomas shares what he calls the “secret of basketball.” Since he was writing a book on basketball–and since Thomas is a 12-time NBA all-star and 2-time NBA champion–Simmons […]

IF MARRIAGE IS ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, THEN IT IS, EFFECTIVELY, NOTHING

This past Monday, the Supreme Court rejected appeals from five states (Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin) seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. This effectively codified gay and lesbian unions by deferring to the rulings of lower courts, which had already abrogated the bans in those states. Because of this decision, the count of states that affirm “gay marriage” will quickly increase […]

LET’S BE REAL, WAS THERE REALLY A ‘WORLDWIDE’ FLOOD?

One of the core beliefs for conservative Christianity, especially when it comes to Young Earth Creationism (the belief that the earth is only thousands of years old as compared to billions of years old), is that there was a worldwide Flood. This belief is taken from a literal reading of Genesis 6-8, a series of […]

DOES EVE FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR THINGS LIKE THE EBOLA VIRUS?

The other day I noticed a young man living with what I would consider severe mental disabilities, and it got me to wondering about things like disease and famine. Maybe it’s the constant news of wars and viruses plaguing the world, but I found myself thinking back to when it all began–Adam and Eve’s sin […]

MAKING MEN OUT OF MONKEYS: DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS?

A well-known American idiom is, “You’re making a monkey out of me!” It means to make someone look foolish. When it comes to the general belief of where humans come from, this idiom is, albeit flipped, standardly employed by our leading scientists. They make men out of monkeys. And, although it’s unpopular to say so, the […]

WHERE ON EARTH WAS THE GARDEN OF EDEN? (see what I did there?)

Knowledge of the location of the Garden of Eden has been a quest for Christians for thousands of years. Like Indiana Jones’ search for the Holy Grail, many feel that if they can discover this heavenly Garden, that it might offer some kind of miraculous power. After thousands of years, however, the location is still […]

4 WAYS TO CULTIVATE CHURCHMANSHIP: MY LIFEWAY BLOG

In late 2012 I published my first book, The Church Member, in which I offer twelve chapters that finish the sentence, “The church member should …” Each chapter includes theological insights on the practices of churchmanship, such as baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and even respecting pastoral authority. But the foundation to the book isn’t about doing church […]

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