Monday, August 17, 2015

Why People Don't Go to Church

Several times I've seen my Facebook friends share the post, “Not going church because there are hypocrites is like not going to the gym because there are out of shape people.” There are variations of the one on the left. 

I think that’s a fair rebuttal, but it’s not really getting at the heart of the issue. In my observation, many don’t want to go to church because, like a gym, it’s full of mirrors.

Friday, July 10, 2015

God Spoke to Me...

You might think the following post sounds super judgmental. Let me tell you, we're all judgmental. We make judgments every day. When it comes to the proclamation of truth and the representation of the Christian faith, God's people should be very discerning. Recognizing teaching that is good and recognizing teaching that is bad is essential to growing in Christ. 

I hope Russell Wilson continues to grow in Christ. His recent words serve as a great starting point to talk about the role of Scripture in the Christian life. I believe Wilson is my Christian brother, but he certainly needs some correction. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Whatchya been up to?

You know the feeling. Someone asks you the incredibly broad, generic, not-really-interested-in-the-answer question: "Whatchya been up to?" Or maybe you're more familiar with its cousin, "How's it going?"

First reaction: "Uh..."

There are about seven hundred directions you could go at that point. So you quickly try to figure out what you should say. Here's the typical mental checklist we go through when responding:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5 things I've taught myself about ministry

READ FIRST: This post is satirical and in no way reflects what the godly men in my life have taught me. I've been abundantly blessed to learn from and serve with faithful, devoted men of God who have helped me to grow in ways they probably don't fully understand. I'm thankful for them and I'm certainly undeserving of their time, let alone God's grace in it all. Many of the points below are exaggerated, though the seeds of all of them are in my wicked heart, from whence this satire emerged.

This summer, my wife and I will celebrate five years of marriage. It's hard to believe that we've been married for five years already -- we're still young enough to consider that a relatively big number.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Basics: Who is the Holy Spirit?

In different parts of the New Testament, the Holy Spirit
is referred to as moving like a dove (Matthew 3:16) and
appearing at the same time as fire (Acts 2:3-4).
Keep in mind that it never says the Spirit appeared
in the form of a dove or as a flame of fire.
Let’s talk about the Holy Spirit. Who is He? You might think the answer is simple. You might be wrong.

The Holy Spirit is not an “it”; He’s a person, just like Jesus. He’s immaterial, just like God the Father. He’s not a ghost or a force, but rather a relational being who is one in essence with the Father and the Son.

It’s likely that you’ve heard blasphemous things about Him. You may have heard that the Holy Spirit is the light of Christ that is inside of all men. Maybe you’ve heard that He is completely separate from the Father and the Son, like an agent hired to do Heavenly Father’s work. Perhaps you’ve been led to believe that the Spirit is impersonal and only gets involved when we beckon His service.

Let’s scratch all that out of your mind.