I was leading a workshop for local pastors. In the chitchat before my session began, several pastors were venting about usual ministry frustrations—sometimes a healthy thing to do (with trusted friends). In talking about challenges, one exclaimed, “They are building a mosque right down the street!” Before others could say anything, I stated, “Praise God.” … More Thank God for the Mosque Down the Street!
For decades evangelicals have denounced abortion. (Personally, I am adamantly pro-life, from womb to tomb.) God was angry when the Egyptians tossed Hebrew babies in the Nile. I suspect he is still pro-babies. Evangelicals are losing the abortion debate in America. Denying this fact doesn’t change it. Electing a different politician hasn’t helped. Both political … More Shifting our Approach on Abortion
I’ve read the speculations that the “mark of the Beast” will be some government tattoo or maybe a barcode. Maybe it will be a microchip under the skin on the back of my hand. Any of those options makes me feel safe. I can look at my hand and say, “Nope, I ain’t got one. I’m … More 666 The Mark of the Beast
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David Capes, Rodney Reeves, and Randy Richards have teamed up again to write a book about Jesus for students. Rediscovering Jesus is unique in that it looks at, not only the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the other NT writers, but they also dedicate chapters to other portraits…
Let me talk to you about meat sacrificed to idols. It was a problem in Corinth. Temples in antiquity sacrificed animals. The meat not used by the temple priests was sold in the local meat market. Jews (and thus Christians) were able to have their own kosher market. Later the Romans shut down the kosher … More Idol Meat and Confederate Flags
A student remarked, “She’s famous.” What for? I asked. When he described her misbehaviors, I realized my student really meant the woman had notoriety, that is, “being well known for a bad quality or deed.” I’ve noticed folks sometimes confuse notoriety and fame. Very public bad behavior will usually result in notoriety. Let’s take an ancient … More Notoriety versus Fame
Recently a young professional basketball player, agreed to play for a specific team. He “verbally agreed” and “they shook on it.” In other words, he gave his word. He later signed a contract with another team. When asked if he should have switched, a commentator, Jason Whitlock, thought it was okay, replying, “A handshake means … More A Handshake Means Nothing?
Is the Supreme Court really redefining marriage for the Church? Many of us think the short answer is “no.” Christians in the USA will need to clarify our language (like Christians already do in much of the world). We currently talk generically about “marriage.” So we say, “The Supreme Court has redefined marriage.” I think … More Redefining Marriage?
The ancient city of Philippi was founded by Roman vets. They were very proud of their citizenship. Rome’s slogan was “Peace and Safety.” Rome kept the peace by military force. Philippi’s citizens were proud they were peacemakers. Jesus reminded his disciples that he doesn’t bring peace the way the world (Rome) did: “My peace I … More 4th of July in Philippi