I just spent the weekend in Portsmouth, Ohio talking with fellow believers about what it looks like to love our enemies as Jesus commanded us. That in itself is a rare conversation to have these days. I was extremely blessed that so many people would show up and sincerely wrestle with this topic in such a real and practical way. My friend Joshua Lawson was the perfect person to co-host this dialog with. In fact, it was his idea… Read more

    Just in case you’re not paying attention, American Christianity is a Christless Christianity. We demand the Ten Commandments to be displayed in our courthouses, but we never give a thought to Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. We justify our cruelty to immigrants by quoting random passages from Paul’s letter to the Romans, but skip over dozens of commands from Jesus about showing mercy, caring for the weak and vulnerable, and totally ignore his warning that “whatever you have… Read more

  There was no way I could have anticipated how my little suggestion would explode and impact the lives of hundreds of people on the other side of the country. It was just another meeting at work. One of our vendors wanted to hold an event with our sales team in Buffalo to promote their “Build To Order” network during the week of September 11th. A few ideas were tossed back and forth, and then I said: “Why don’t we… Read more

            Image:HeavenlyPerspective Kenn Stilger A new study from the Pew Research Center has found the population of Christians in the United States is on a downward spiral. Polling 35,000 Americans aged 18 and older, the poll found that over the last seven years, those calling themselves “Christian” has diminished by 8 percent overall. That’s about 5 million people who have moved out of the Christian faith since 2007. This new demographic is being called the “Nones” (as… Read more

As I prepare for an online debate on the topic “Is It A Sin To Be Gay?” I realized something profound: No Christians could have possibly debated this topic previous to 1946 because their Bibles didn’t contain the word “Homosexual” before that. It’s true. Go look at 1 Corinthians 6:9 in your King James Bible and you’ll see this: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor… Read more

If you’re not familiar with Aikido, it’s a style of martial arts that uses an opponent’s energy against them to redirect their kinetic force to turn it back upon them. Or, as the Wikipedia entry explains: Aikido’s techniques include irimi (entering), and tenkan (turning) movements that redirect the opponent’s attack momentum. The man who invented this style of martial arts created for one purpose: “to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury”. This is exactly what… Read more

“When [LGBTQ-affirming Christians] tell me that I am wrong for saying that [homosexuality] is a sin, in the simplicity of my faith in the Holy Scriptures, I point him to this sacred record [the Bible], and tell him, in all candor, as my text does, that his teaching blasphemes the name of God and His doctrine. “The tree of [affirming homosexuality and transgenderism] is evil and only evil…[it] is nourished by an utter rejection of the Scriptures.” – Rev. Henry Van… Read more

What do we mean when we say that something is “inspired”?   For example, if I hear a song on the radio and I respond by saying that it was “inspired” what I mean is that I believe the song had a spiritual quality to it that enabled the God of the Universe to reveal something of truth or beauty [or both] to me through the words and melody of the song. It’s the same for me if I view… Read more

As I have tried to point out several times, there is a huge difference between being “Biblical” and being “Christlike”. If we cling to the Bible and advocate for a more Biblical worldview, this leaves us open to a host of “Biblical” ideas like slavery, patriarchy, genocide, polygamy and abortion. Yes, even abortion is a Biblical principle. Here are two examples of how the Bible allows for – and often even commands –  abortions: First, in Numbers 5:11-31 there is… Read more

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” That’s probably the most commonly-quoted verse from the New Testament whenever anyone questions the accuracy or truthfulness of what we read in the Bible. It’s found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 [an epistle which many Bible scholars admit was most-likely not actually written by the Apostle… Read more

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