I’m Finally Responding: Part IV

This is Part 4 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

Click here to read Part 3.

Can you discuss ways that Christians can be more Christlike? Too many times Christians are so unkind and mean-spirited that it turns people away. Your thoughts? 

I’ve covered this topic extensively on this blog as it’s part of my contribution to the Body of Christ. Here are some examples:

Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another

Scratch a Christian & You’ll Find Out What They’re Made Of

How Ambition Destroys Discernment

5 Marks That God is Using You Tremedously

No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper

What Pleases God?

The Absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ

Losing Track of Jesus

The Alpha & Omega

Forgotten Words of Jesus

Fighting Against God

How to Properly Receive Jesus Christ

Three Kinds of Critics & How to Respond to Them

Who Are You? Accepting Your True Identity

Who Do You Think You Are?

An Important Insight from President Obama

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear or Read

Have You Heard? The Plague of Gossip & Slander in the Body of Christ

What is the Gospel? 

Answered in Rethinking the Gospel and The Gospel of the Kingdom.

What is your view on women in ministry?

Answered in Rethinking Women in Ministry.

One of my friends said you were part of the emerging/emergent church movement. I told him that he was misinformed, but I wanted to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

You are correct. I’m not part of Emergent and never was. In fact, I criticized Emergent thinking in Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet who has also critiqued it) and in my eBook Beyond Evangelical.

Interestingly, my fiercest critics come from liberal Christian quarters who take issue with my belief that the Bible is fully reliable, authoritative, and inspired, my teaching that Jesus is fully Divine and fully human and the only way to salvation, and my adherence to the Christian Creeds.

I’ve expounded on the above themes in the past in these posts:

Answers to Skeptics Part II: Is Jesus the Only Way?

Answers to Skeptics Part III: Is the Bible Reliable?

Answers to Skeptics Part IV: Can a Good Person Be Condemned?

On the Creeds 

In the past, I’ve spoken at a few emerging church conferences with N.T. Wright and Shane Claiborne. But like Wright (and I presume Claiborne), I’m not part of the Emerging church even though I have friends who are part of it. We agree to disagree on a number of viewpoints.

How is Christ more than just Jesus the man now? 

A pretty big subject. I’ve addressed it in Epic Jesus and From Eternity to Here.

What is your view on Christian mysticism? 

Answered in On Mysticism. 

How do we apply NT church principles to today’s situation?

A very involved question. I go into detail on this in Reimagining Church and Finding Organic Church. 

What happened to Jesus between the cross and the resurrection? 

Len Sweet and I answer this question in detail on this in Jesus: A Theography. Too much to cover here. 

Frank has referenced his work with the homeless some. However, I would like to hear more about this ministry.

Answered here.

Any thoughts on how to better share the gospel?

Answered in Rethinking How We Present the Gospel.

What is your view on homosexuality?

Frank, what’s happening with the most powerful Gospel presentations that have been sent to you?

I’m still sifting through them. They are videos so it takes a long time. Other projects beckon.

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