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 […]

HOW YOU CAN GET A FREE COPY OF MY NEW BOOK, BEFORE IT IS RELEASED (ESPECIALLY YOUTH PASTORS)

Some months ago I announced my latest book project. At the time it was called “God On Line One: Accepting the Call of the Ministry,” but it’s since changed to “Wilted Plants: A Metaphor for Ministry.” The book is a journey through the biblical book of Jonah, unpacking his experience of God’s call in order to glean […]

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 […]

WHY CAIN PROBABLY MARRIED HIS SISTER, AND WHY THAT WAS OKAY

The first time I was ever challenged on the veracity of God’s Word was in my High School history class, when a student asked the class, “Where did Cain get his wife?” This was a secular school, and the question was arrayed with criticism. “Where did Cain get his wife?” I asked myself. As it […]

COMMON QUESTIONS ON STUDYING THE BIBLE

I’m currently preaching through a mini-series called, “How to Be a Disciple: Practical Lessons on Following Jesus.” The inspiration for the series is that, as a pastor, I often find that church members don’t have a problem with the “why” of doing things like praying, or studying God’s Word, or even giving, but the “how.” Therefore, […]

MORE THOUGHTS ON WATCHING THE JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING VIDEO

Earlier today I wrote a blog entitled, “Should I Watch the James Foley Beheading Video?” It was a question many people were asking, which is evidenced by the dialogue I received via social networks and private messages, as well as the traffic that reached the post from Google searches looking for the actual video. The blog wasn’t written […]

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