As a pastor, you are already, or soon will be, facing counseling challenges. Here is a tip in how to advise those who receive an invite to attend a so-called “gay wedding” or if you, yourself, are asked to officiate. Give a polite “No” and if this is a teachable moment, be prepared to explain why. Read more >
... But Jesus also modeled the role of a servant for us, so we need to consider carefully what this requires of us in following Him and showing His life to the people we serve. Jesus insisted that He did not come to earth to be served but to serve and to give His life (Mk. 10:45).
Feeling a nudge from the Holy Spirit, I asked Marcus if I could buy him a cup of coffee … we were hailed by three of his friends, men who were obviously down on their luck. So I bought five cups of terrible coffee to warm us up, and moments later … Read more >
... I am being a little facetious. Nonetheless, I sometimes hear an underlying thread of concern from church leaders about the competitive atmosphere in our culture. Especially as they seek to be relevant in their communities. Read more >
a book that has had a profound influence on me–is Bo Giertz’s (1905-1988) fictional work "The Hammer of God". ... Leland Ryken–longtime literature professor at Wheaton College–referred to The Hammer of God as “one of the best literary finds I have ever made.” I couldn’t agree more!
Collins will not satisfy many of his own denomination who expect an affirmation of 6-Day Creation. Nor will it satisfy those who consider Genesis to have little to do in describing the origins of humanity as we know it.
Christians need to change our whole vocabulary. We can’t talk about the Church as a building or a place we go. The word used in the New Testament for the Church is ecclesia, the same word used in the Greek Old Testament as “the assembly” of God’s people. We are the Church.Read more >
Nothing has so clearly shown the unbiblical commitment of liberal faith as the current firestorm about the legal requirement to facilitate homosexual behavior. People professing Christian faith have identified two reasons why followers of Christ should bake cakes for homosexual weddings ...Read more >
As someone who has been involved in teaching and implementing principles of the Kingdom of God since the mid-1990’s I have observed many ways Christian leaders do not expand the kingdom! The following are some of the most common ways we work without kingdom effectiveness. ...Read more >
Not many speak of the relationship between religion and state in positive terms and, for many reasons, rightly so. But the decision of Theodosius – and the way it accelerated and took root in the early Middle Ages – is a story seldom told in light of the caricatures that abound. So let’s try and tell it. Read more >
He [God] has his regular channels — the means of grace — the well-worn pathways along which he is so often pleased to pass and pour out his goodness on those waiting expectantly. The chief thoroughfares are his word, his church, and prayer. Or his voice, his body, and his ear. ... Read more >
The Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last summer ensures that legal gay marriage in all fifty states is a fait accompli at this point. The only thing that remains is for traditional marriage supporters to negotiate the terms of our surrender ... Read more >
The first things that are said at the beginning of a new relationship are the most important. We know that in courtship, in relationships with friends, and even in job interviews and sales appointments. The time of charging a new pastor and the congregation is no different.
For a pastor, the way to deal with bad theology in his church is always to preach the Word. Just hang in there, year after year, teaching and preaching God’s unchanging truth. The changes in your people will come as you remain faithful. Read more >
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer decided last week to veto a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service on the basis of religious or moral conviction. ... It ignited a national conversation on the relationship between religious freedom and non-discrimination, and the dividing lines were not neat and clean, with Christians as divided on the matter as non-Christians. Read more >
A plead for cooperation on issues of Liberty: the President of Southern Seminary's address at Brigham Young University on February 25, 2014. "What can explain it? ... that great Russian prophet Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, explained it with four simple words: 'Men have forgotten God.' And so they have. Nothing else can explain the great shift in worldviewRead more >
... By 2000, many evangelical “leaders” realized the misdirection and attempted a course correction. ... There is no longer a space where Arminians and Calvinists share a common theological enemy. In the end, this is a story of how evangelicalism lost Gen Xers and Millennials between 1990 & 2010 by lusting after political influencRead more >
This Jim Crow narrative has really taken hold in recent weeks, but I want to invite you readers to consider whether it really is a good analogy. In the Jim Crow South, white business owners regularly refused service to black people because of their skin color. Are these Christian business owners try to do the same? Read more >
If Jesus came back to the Middle East today, I think he would look a lot like the Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White, the Anglican Chaplain in Iraq and Vicar of St. George’s Church. The “Vicar of Baghdad,” as he is called, carries out his work in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Read more >
We’re not talking about refusing gays service at a lunch counter, or even serving them cake. It’s about compelling someone to use their artistic gifts in a way that violates their sincerely held beliefs. Whether or not you agree with those beliefs, it’s chilling that government may be participating in such coercion.Read more >
… Young Evangelicals are not stupid. They see the writing on the wall, and they don’t want to drown when the approaching cultural tsunami hits land. Their suggested compromise makes an enormous amount of sense to them. Unfortunately, it cannot work. Read more >
While we are right to prioritize real face-to-face conversations and to find comfort and grounding in stable authorities like the printed book, the digital world is itself a real world, just real in a different way. Read more >
Suddenly, one night the leadership abruptly informed the husband that “we made a mistake in bringing you here. You’re a great guy, really godly and sincere and all that, but you are not a good fit for our church.” … Read more >
The student’s remarks were ugly and disrespectful to say the least, but the audience happily endorsed him. ... For me, the most interesting thing was that the student seemed to know that his uncharitable remarks would be greeted with approval. What does this mean? Just a few observations ... Read more >
By “changed leaders,” I am speaking about those who are allowing God to continually touch their hearts, minds and emotions so they better reflect Christlikeness. Unchanged leaders are those who are generally untouched by the Lord in regards to this inner life. ... Read more >
What happens when technology far out paces ethics? People get devalued. John Stonestreet says we have work persuade everyone that people are not mere mortals. This is the fifth of a five-part series "In His Image.