May 27, 2019

  I can’t believe I need to post something on this topic again. A few years ago, pastor and author John Hagee, and also author Mark Blitz, published books that both created a Blood Moon Prophecy frenzy and at the same time cashed in on the frenzy, selling millions of books that capitalized on the End Times hoopla. That was back in 2014. Nothing happened, other than Hagee and Blitz generating a lot of moola on the hype they had… Read more

May 24, 2019

As a young man, I was challenged to read the world’s best-selling book from cover to cover. At a young age I had fallen in love with books. In Junior High I would ride my bike to the Library and check out six or seven books at a time and read them all before the due date so I could return them and check out another six or seven books and devour them as well. I read mysteries, thrillers, spy… Read more

May 23, 2019

  The more I study the Bible, the more concerned I am with how translators have altered the texts to serve their own agendas. Most Christians are unaware of the fact that this has gone on for centuries, and that some of these intentional mistranslations are intended to prevent people from knowing what the Scriptures actually teach on certain topics. For example: For several hundred years Bible translators obscured the true identity of Junia in the New Testament because Paul… Read more

May 22, 2019

  In my own personal spiritual development, the idea that God is in control (and that I am not) has been a great source of comfort for me. By that, I mean God is my King and I have surrendered my life to Christ’s rule and reign. So, rather than worry about tomorrow – something I have absolutely zero control over – I can enjoy peace of mind and rest in the comforting assurance that God is in control and… Read more

May 15, 2019

A few months ago, as I was heading into the second Pacifist Fight Club event which was called Round 2 – “The Means War”, I received an  email with links to an article which claimed that my position regarding the non-participation of the early Christian church in the military was inaccurate. The main piece of evidence supplied to me at that time was the discovery of an historical (second century) document which detailed the actions of several Christians who were… Read more

May 14, 2019

  Quotes from first and second century Christian writers about the continuing posture of non-violence in the early Church following the age of the Apostles: “The Lord, in disarming Peter, disarmed every soldier.” —Tertullian from “On Idolatry” “Christians could never slay their enemies. For the more that kings, rulers, and peoples have persecuted them everywhere, the more Christians have increased in number and grown in strength.” —Origen Contra Celsius Book VII “Wherever arms have glittered, they must be banished and… Read more

May 13, 2019

Next weekend I’ll be leading a few sessions with people in El Paso, Texas to talk about how our political tribalism is dividing us and keeping us from fulfilling our mission as followers of Christ. This morning I woke up to a post where someone – a Republican Christian – called me a Liberal [I’m not] and told me I was a dumb-ass, and said I “wouldn’t know Jesus if he slapped [me] in the face.” Of course, if Jesus… Read more

May 10, 2019

It’s easily the strongest argument against belief in a loving, all-powerful God: “Why does God allow suffering?” Everyone – from the most average man-on-the-street to theologians and philosophers with lofty titles and degrees – has wrestled with the problem of evil. Believers and non-believers alike struggle to answer this question. Some Christians hold the view that God is sovereign, and that this sovereignty necessitates that God remain in absolute control of every atom in the universe – and therefore every… Read more

May 9, 2019

A fellow house church leader recently emailed me and a few other house church practitioners to ask us how we would answer this question: “How are your house church communities doing at ‘being the Church’ rather than ‘going to Church’?” In response, I’ve had conversations with several in our house church family and they’ve indicated to me that they’ve started to experience a paradigm shift between “going to church” and “being the church.” Here’s how some of them have expressed… Read more

May 7, 2019

You probably read the story this week where a Georgia politician faced calls to resign based on this statement: “…when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.” Councilman Jim Cleveland, also told reporters “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage.” Now, before we go any further, I probably need to say that I think this man is not only a… Read more

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