What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

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What is faith?We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we've created for it.And yet we're called to walk by it, to live "from faith to faith", and to ensure our faith is evident to all.But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can't define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don't walk by faith … [Read more...]

40 Churches in 40 Weeks: New Film Project Seeks Answers

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Today I am privileged to feature a guest post from my friend Sharon Bollum, who is heading up an innovative project called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM. Like me, she has concerns about the state of the body of Christ in America and is committed to asking the questions many seem afraid to ask. Check out 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM and follow their quest on Facebook or Twitter. When I tell people that we are traveling across the U.S. filming a documentary called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM I get one o … [Read more...]

Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

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The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it's entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the letter can be returned … [Read more...]

See Why Faith Hurts — And That’s OK

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As a father of six children, I’ve dealt with more than a few cuts and bruises–and the most dreaded of all – splinters. Before a splinter was pulled, the fear of pain was almost always greater than the pain itself. For this reason, each of my children resisted attempts for healing.This resistance to healing reminds me of our spiritual lives. There is a widespread belief in modern Christianity that walking by faith should be pain-free. This lie, coupled with our fear of pain, keeps us from foll … [Read more...]

Natural Disaster Relief: Why a Portable Church Has an Advantage

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Water can sure do a lot of damage. A typhoon in the Philippines, a tsunami in Indonesia, or closer to home, a superstorm in New York and New Jersey.We've all seen the pictures -- a tree that crashed through the middle of a house, a boat sitting lopsided in the middle of the a pile of wreckage, and houses flooded up to the second story. But the pictures don't even do it justice. Having personally seen the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, Florida, I can tell you that the damage is … [Read more...]

Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

This post originally appeared at Teach 4 the Heart and has been re-posted here with permission by the author. What causes Christian teens from good churches and good families to leave the faith as an adult? This question plagues parents, teachers, pastors, and youth workers. And I'll be honest - I don't know what the answer is.I do know I've seen too many of my friends and classmates either slowly drift away and get out of church or disregard the faith completely. It's tragic and sad - and … [Read more...]

Raising Hands in Church a Distraction? One Pastor’s Perspective

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My post Why I Don't Raise My Hands in Your Church may have had some readers doubting that any Christians could possibly have a problem with a practice that has become standard worship procedure in worship -- raising hands.Let me stress, I don't have a problem -- provided our focus is on worshipping God sincerely in Spirit and truth and not on conforming to external pressures.I thought one pastor's perspective on this issue was worth discussing as it represents a significant corner of … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

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I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right? [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-friendly Church.]OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost f … [Read more...]


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