It is puzzling to see so many evangelicals still standing firmly against compassionate actions on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Don't get me wrong; I understand immigration issues are complex. Believe me. I have learned more in the last two years from ground zero of this debate than I ever imagined I could. Certainly the … Continue reading 5 Reasons Immigrants and Refugees Are the Church’s Responsibility
The Historical Jesus - Part 1 of 3 What do we really know about Jesus? Well, for those of us who live according to the "for the Bible tells me so" mentality, there is quite a lot. But not everyone gives the Bible the credibility it deserves. Those who consider the Bible to be pseudo-history, or partial … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 1 – The Fake Jesus
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" These have to be some of the most difficult words of Jesus to understand and interpret. Jesus seems to feel abandoned during His most critical hour of need. If Jesus felt this way, how are we ever … Continue reading Did Jesus sing, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”
This week our children have been learning a phrase at Vacation Bible School that I love for them to be hearing from such a young age: "Always Be Ready". There are so many cases in the Scriptures when God tells someone (or someones) to pick up and go, often without them knowing exactly where they … Continue reading Would you pick up and go? Could you?
There is an ancient Hindu teaching which says something like: "There are many paths up the mountain to god. You may choose any path you like. The only foolish person is the one who runs around the bottom of the mountain telling everyone else they are on the wrong path." This teaching may sound wise … Continue reading Stairway to Heaven: Is there a path to God?
Jesus wept. Has anyone else been disturbed by the pervading darkness around us in the last few weeks? Tornadoes, bombings, explosions, fires, collapsed buildings, murder trials, brutal captivities, and multiple scenarios involving the harming of children have dominated every form of media with which we are saturated. I don't know about you, but it gets … Continue reading Something is seriously wrong with our world.
I was asked by a friend recently, "How do we possibly argue for biblical truth with all of the contentious issues in our world today?" The answer I gave to my friend has not changed: "However we do it, we must do it with humility." We live in a culture that thrives on inflated opinions, … Continue reading It’s OK to Disagree with Others (but there is a right way to do it) – from Philip Spener c. 1675