Rubio Is Right: Obey God, Not the Supreme Court

Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men.The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped.What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian -- and people of every major religion -- have believed for two millenia:In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally … [Read more...]

“Stained Glass” Brings Gospel to Video Game Industry

“It’s just a game!”We’ve all heard that expression countless times, usually to justify the game in a situation where someone seems to have overreacted to losing, or maybe when someone feels the game is unfair.But what if that game brought the gospel to the video game industry?When is a game NOT just a game?  At what point does it truly become a negative influence on the player?When I came across this video from Lightside Games, I had just seen my pre-teen son absorbed in playi … [Read more...]

Would Jesus Bomb ISIS? Ask a Stupid Question…

When I proposed a few day ago that ISIS needed the Gospel and a good bombing, several critics pushed back by playing the Jesus card. They declared us as sinners to be analogous to ISIS jihadists, and compared Jesus to the innocent victims of their attacks. A few Facebook comments, for example: Comment 1: This is so away from Jesus I don't even know where to start. Good thing Jesus didn't take this approach when we put him on the cross. Comment 2: Did Jesus keep the legions of angels at bay in t … [Read more...]

H3Leadership by Brad Lomenick: Book Review

I’ve read a lot of leadership books. And by a lot, I mean, a LOT. I have shelves full of John C. Maxwell books which I’ve read and re-read, but Brad Lomenick’s new book H3Leadership still managed to surprise me with its poignant authenticity and hands-on expertise.A common complaint many people have about leaders who write books is that there feels like a disconnect between the words on the page and real life. What you read in the book sounds great, but applying it to reality is a bit tricki … [Read more...]

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Yes! Free stuff! Who doesn't like that? And when the free stuff helps you in your faith walk -- even better! Now, I'm not talking about those free wristbands everyone has these days or even free air fresheners for your car so you can remember a cool conference for a week or two. I'm talking about faith-building resources valued at $284 -- and I want to give them to you for FREE! See the entire list of FREE stuff with a click here.Here's why:  I think it will help your faith grow … [Read more...]

Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer

I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

Is Your Story Stealing God’s Glory?

Sometimes it's not the mind-blowing miracles of Jesus that give us pause, awesome though they may be. Sometimes it's what Jesus said while performing the mighty work that leaves us even more stunned. Just before raising her brother, Lazarus, from the dead, Jesus reminded Martha, “If you believe, you will see God’s glory” (John 11:40). Implied in his statement is that the opposite is equally true: if you don’t believe, you will not see God’s glory.When we fail to believe, it’s not just that w … [Read more...]

What to Do When Church Leaders Sin

Pastors are perfect people, right? Church leaders don't sin do they?Some of you laughed when you read that. Especially you pastors and church leaders who know all too well how human you are.But others of you immediately thought of painful situations caused by a church leader's sin. You remembered the destruction caused by it and -- what makes it worse -- the frustration you felt when no one seemed willing to do anything about it.A recent comment by a reader identified as Dan Graves … [Read more...]


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