Jesus Is The Son of God (And So Am I)

Most Christians are convinced that Jesus is the Son of God. But not as many are convinced that they are also the son (or daughter) of God, even though the New Testament goes out of its way to stress this fact. For example: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating… Read more

What If No One Had A Bible?

Try to imagine it: No Bibles anywhere. No King James. No NIV. Not even a paperback copy of “The Message”. What would that be like?       Regardless of how such a thing might happen, try to imagine what it would be like to never have access to the Bible – ever again. In some ways, I think our world might actually be a better place if no one had a Bible anymore.  Maybe if we didn’t depend on… Read more

Jesus Returns Today

Not only am I really tired of all the so-called end times prophets picking dates for the End of the World based on some obscure Bible passage, a few wonky mathematical equations, the alignment of the moon and the stars and a little bit of old-fashioned B.S. thrown in for good measure, I’m downright angry about it. I mean, I can’t decide what’s worse: The fact that these sorts of predictions continually get promoted or that so many Christians endlessly… Read more

Someone To Rule Over Us

It’s one of the saddest statements in the entire Bible. When God tells the prophet that His people are rejecting Him as their King, you can almost hear God’s heartbreak. God’s original design was for us to be His people and for God to be our King. That’s the way it was from the time God called His people out of Egypt and led them through the wilderness and into the Promised Land that He had prepared for them. But… Read more

Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb

  Political Tribalism in America Is Unbearably Toxic. Christians in America are oblivious to the way their political entanglement and tribalism have led them away from Jesus and into the heart of darkness. It started a long time ago. As Princeton historian Kevin Kruse details in his book, “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America,” our country’s religious prostitution began in the 1950’s. That was when, as Kruse explains, business leaders plotted to link Christianity, Republican politics, and… Read more

How To Fight Like A Christian

  Know your Enemy.”Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – (1 Peter 5:8) Understand who is NOT your enemy.”For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – (Eph. 6:12)Know your weapons. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons… Read more

God Does Not Have A Penis

  Several years ago I was writing a column for Relevant Magazine called “Subversive” which featured interviews from various voices in the Emerging Church Movement. One of those voices was Spencer Burke. He not only helped to launch an emerging church here in Orange County, but he also started an online magazine called theOoze.com and also wrote a great book called “Making Sense of Church”. That’s why one afternoon about twelve years ago I was sitting across the table from… Read more

What If Jesus Could Be You For 24 Hours?

Dallas Willard always expresses discipleship to Jesus as “Living your life as he would live it if he were you.” So, maybe I was meditating on this too much the night before. Whatever it was, here’s what happened in my dream. After getting dressed in my clothes, Jesus adjusted my best tie in the bathroom mirror and picked up my briefcase. “I’ll be home in time for dinner,” he said. “Enjoy your day off.” “Sure,” I said. Jesus jingled my… Read more

My Personal Mission Statement

As part of my new job, we’re encouraged to read through the book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and reflect on each of the habits together in scheduled weekly meetings. Honestly, it’s not something I would ever want to do on my own as I am allergic to all the usual leadership and success-minded literature that permeates our culture. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the principles are derived from the teachings of Jesus. For example,… Read more

Gender Identity in the Body of Christ

Many Christians profess to hold a “Biblical view” of gender, marriage, and sexuality, but they are wildly selective when it comes to how they choose verses in scripture to support their views.   Essentially, what most of those people are doing is deciding ahead of time what they believe about gender, sexuality, and marriage in advance and then carefully selecting only those verses that support their narrow views. This is called “Eisegesis” and it’s the other side of the coin… Read more

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