July 22, 2019

Jesus says, “This generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place” (Mark 13:30) This one specific verse in the Gospels that appears to record an example of a failed prophecy out of the mouth of Jesus. Even the great C.S. Lewis called it “…certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible” and conceded that it was unlikely a scribal error since surely such a mistake would have been corrected early on. Therefore, it’s most certain that… Read more

July 19, 2019

I am no stranger to disagreements. My friends on Facebook are very used to engaging in very long conversations online about differences in Theology, Doctrine and Philosophy. Even when others become agitated and even hurl personal insults at me in the process of dialog over such issues, I’ve always maintained a measure of grace for them, and often try to disarm the situation with humor and grace, whenever I can. Some people say I have too much grace and patience… Read more

July 18, 2019

In these turbulent times, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to be proud of America. The President is a racist. The Congress is powerless to accomplish anything other than vote for their own pay increase. Children are being held in cages, separated from their parents. The government turns a blind eye to the horrific murder – and dismemberment – of a journalist because to speak out might endanger billions of dollars in weapons sales to the nation responsible. As… Read more

July 15, 2019

Let me turn my attention, for a brief moment, to those who most often resonate with my words here on my blog, or in the books that I’ve written, or even on the podcast that I co-host. I understand, and very much appreciate, that you agree with me when I point out the hypocrisy of the Conservative Christian community I once belonged to. I am very grateful for the private messages of encouragement, and the supportive “Amen, brother!” comments on… Read more

July 10, 2019

One of my heroes in the faith is John Fischer. He’s a songwriter, author and writer on subversive, kingdom issues that I’ve been following for many years now. I first discovered John’s writing when I first subscribed to CCM Magazine about thirty years ago (I’ve long since stopped reading that magazine, btw). John used to write the Last Word column in the back of every issue. I always found it ironic and fascinating that his articles were published in the… Read more

July 9, 2019

I’ll admit, this is a concept that has taken me a long time to accept; the idea that Christ is in literally everyone – yes, even those who have not accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior. My objections weren’t anything novel. I pushed back by quoting verses from the Bible that seemed to support the concept that Christ was ONLY in those who were intentionally “Christian,” but then I started to notice that there were also plenty of verses… Read more

July 8, 2019

Want to test your Bible knowledge? Here’s a quick and handy quiz to help you see how well you understand the Bible. Try it. It’s fun! Test your knowledge of the Bible: What is the Christian’s source of authority? __________ What is the Christian’s source for truth? __________ What is the foundation of the Christian faith? __________ If you answered “The Bible” to any of the above questions, you have failed this test. Please go back and read your Bible… Read more

July 5, 2019

  Yes. I said “Wackadoodle.” But, it’s true. I’m constantly running into Christians who use Romans 13 to justify horrible things, like supporting military conflict regardless of who suffers as a result, or like explaining why immigrant and refugee children need to be taken from their parents and locked in cages and forced to sleep on concrete floors, or like supporting political leaders who enact policies that harm the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. That’s just for starters…. Read more

July 3, 2019

  Many Christians love bumper sticker slogans like “Not of this World”, but strangely don’t consider what that really means. To say you are “not of this world” means you don’t participate in the ways of this world. Some of those ways include: Politics War Nationalism Money Fame   Most Christians reduce the slogan to only cover things like “Lust, Envy, Murder, Adultery”, etc., and while they are correct that Christians should not practice those sins, that’s not what the… Read more

July 1, 2019

Have you ever thought, “If only I could start a House Church”? If so, this might be the best news you read all year. HAVE YOU EVER SAID ANY OF THESE THINGS? · I’m not sure I’m qualified to start or lead a House Church since I don’t have any training… · I don’t know where to find other people who want to start a House Church with me… · I don’t know where to get the tools I need… Read more

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