November 25, 2017

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

November 23, 2017

  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

November 23, 2017

  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

November 22, 2017

  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 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

November 21, 2017

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

November 20, 2017

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

November 20, 2017

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

November 19, 2017

Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t write the New Testament or the Gospels personally? Wouldn’t that have once and for all eliminated any arguments about scripture being inerrant and perfect?   Perhaps that is exactly why Jesus didn’t write it personally. Maybe He depended upon human beings who would share their understandings with us so that we would have no other choice but to discern their meaning for ourselves, question their motives, weigh their judgment, and test everything they… Read more

November 18, 2017

The other day I was reflecting on how the Psalmists complain to God about the prosperity of the wicked. I understood how it must have felt for the Israelites to see their enemies – who were pagans – flourishing and growing strong and wealthy, while they – the “People of God” – were suffering, poor, weak and downcast. Anyone would question this outcome under the same circumstances. Anyone would wonder what good it was to follow their faith if those… Read more

November 17, 2017

A few thousand years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a gathering of Christians to be interrupted by men with weapons. In those days, the government actively persecuted Christians; arresting church leaders, jailing members, torturing those who refused to pledge allegiance to the Empire and publically executing those who were especially dangerous to the State. Of course, this sort of thing has been going on ever since. Today, somewhere in the world, Christians are still in danger of being arrested, beaten,… Read more

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