Christina Grimmie: The Story Behind the Other Orlando Shooting

Every now and then, we cross paths with someone whose life story is simply profound.  My friend Dr. Mark McDonough is just such a person.He is a true survivor, having overcome and survived Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a child, and later, as a teen, surviving a house fire that claimed the lives of several family members and left him with extensive burns over 60% of his body.  As an adult, he survived a stroke, in addition to heart valve disease and other non-physical diseases and mental cha … [Read more...]

Pistol Packin’ Jesus: A Response to Shane Claiborne

Jesus’ message was the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17, 23; Lk. 8:1). The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the earth. [1] Near the heart of that kingdom-rule lies justice (=righteousness, [Mt. 6:33;  Heb. 1:8]). That justice includes (as I intend briefly to show) the defense, including lethal defense, if necessary, of judicially innocent life. [2] Therefore, Jesus, by implication, would have supported — and does support — carrying firearms to defend that life.The fact that this line of reasoni … [Read more...]

Singing in Church: Is It Time for a New Worship War?

Based on interest in my post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church," I thought FaithWalkers readers might enjoy this guest post from my friend Rich Birch. Rich serves as the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church, and blogs at unSeminary.com about stuff you wish they taught you in seminary. You can follow Rich him on Twitter and Facebook. The first church I served at was in the middle of a worship war when I started there. It was like a cold war with a lot of passive-aggressive leadership on bot … [Read more...]

The Marriage Pledge: Why You Should Not Sign It

I am pleased to feature a guest post today from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.First Things (FT) has launched a crusade to get pastors out of the marriage-ceremony-performing business, or, as they would no doubt prefer, out of the business of government-sanctioned marriage-ceremony performance. The problem for The Marriage Pledge they are pushing is that these two practices are identical.A Dispute among Allies First Things (FT) is one of ou … [Read more...]

What if the Church Helped Provide Work Instead of Handouts?

This guest post by David Spickard originally appeared on Jobs for Life.  David grew up in Nashville, TN, and has always had a heart for people in need. Since 1999, he has applied his MBA and love for God at Jobs for Life, first as its Director of Operations and then as its CEO, beginning in 2006.  During this time, he has helped JfL grow from a local work in Raleigh, NC, to a global network of churches, ministries, and businesses helping men and women learn God’s design for work and find mea … [Read more...]

Why We Need Rest: More Than the Work We Do

This is a guest post by Dr. Dan Boone, the president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming release, The Way We Work: How Faith Makes a Difference on the Job (BEACON HILL Press). Read more at his blog, www.danboone.me. Everybody I know is tired. You are tired. I am tired. Your work wears on you.In addition to the work, you battle the monotony of doing the same things repeatedly. Laundry breeds in the closet. Sc … [Read more...]

Inconvenient Faith: A FaithWalker’s Story

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts and story of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. I am a FaithWalker. A few months ago, I too … [Read more...]

40 Churches in 40 Weeks: New Film Project Seeks Answers

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...]


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