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

June 29, 2019

I say: “You’re made for more than writing notes in your Bible” They say: “Why do you hate the Church?” When I say: “You’ve got more to give than tithes and offerings” They ask: “Why are you so negative?” When I say: “You have more of Christ to experience than what fits into a thimble of grape juice or a wafer cracker” They say: “Why do you attack Christianity?” I honestly don’t get it. I mean, in a way I… Read more

June 27, 2019

Dear Christian, You were made for better things than taking notes in your Bible. You have more to give than tithes and offerings. There is more of the Body and the Blood of Christ to receive than fits into a small cup or a tiny wafer. You have been filled with the life-giving Spirit of God. The breath of the Creator fills your lungs. You have been given a spiritual gift that is meant to build up the entire Body… Read more

June 26, 2019

There are a handful of modern worship songs that I genuinely enjoy, but more and more I find myself having to stop singing mid-verse once in a while because I disagree with certain ideas those songs communicate. Last Sunday we were visiting someone’s church service in Fullerton, California and they started to sing one of those songs. The part I really love in this song says, “You are good, good, ooooooh. You are good, good, oooooh” and that feels really… Read more

June 21, 2019

This is an imaginary conversation between an unbelieving Pagan in the first century and a follower of The Way of Jesus: Pagan: “I would like to know more about this Christ you speak of. Where is your temple?” Christian: “We don’t have one.” Pagan: “What? Then where does one go to meet with your God?” Christian: “We are all the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so God meets with us wherever we are.” Pagan: “Hmm…then where do you conduct your… Read more

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