Sin is not essentially the violation of scriptural prescription or even divine prohibition. An action can be sin for one person and not for another. Sin is a "whatever." Those who need it predefined are already in it.
I know a man who is haunted by Matthew 7:21-23. He won't declare with 100% certainty that he is destined for eternal life and there is nothing anyone can say to assure him. Having read this quote this morning, I wonder if he is not plagued with spiritual pride. Don't get me wrong. He's not … Continue reading Mere Christianity – Chapter 8 – “The Great Sin” – C.S. Lewis
That voice in your head saying you're in the right and everyone else is wrong is leading you down a path of isolation and pain.
We're a curious species. And as the saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." I'm not saying that it's bad to learn. God gave us these wonderful minds and we commit sacrilege when we discourage honest inquiry into reality. God also gave us boundaries such as the inability to see the future or to know for … Continue reading False Prophets, Figs and Faithfulness
What if the essence of church could be boiled down to two words? What if believers in Christ shared life? When we share our lives - our time, money, burdens, joys, and struggles - we experience and demonstrate the kingdom of God. When we share his life, we intentionally engage with the lost and dying … Continue reading Simple church planting resources galore
Ever since I first read Neil Cole's Organic Church the alarm on my phone has gone off at 10:02 every morning, Monday-Saturday. It reminds me of Jesus' command to his disciples in Luke 10:2b that they pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into his harvest fields. That alarm just went off. I … Continue reading Indispensable Unnecessary
Why do simple church? Because Jesus told us to make disciples. " But," someone might respond, "aren't sermons, Sunday School, VBS, mission trips, weekend seminars,small groups, and a myriad of other programs carried on by institutional churches just methods for making disciples?" From what I've observed after a couple of years of attempting to make reproducing disciples, not … Continue reading Churched to Death
I have some friends who've recently come to faith. They're from a subculture very disparate from mine. They've drawn me into conversations I've never had with other church members. Since they're new believers and I'm a pastor, I usually see our interactions as an opportunity for me to assist their spiritual growth. I find myself … Continue reading Learning to Learn
In 1 Cor. 15:3-6, Paul recounts his gospel. Those who would participate in evangelizing the world, do well to consider this passage. First, notice the brevity of Paul's statement. In just 25 words, Paul relates the crucial elements of the gospel - "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, … Continue reading Gospel
I just came back from a meeting with my daughter and two of her friends. They attend a charter school in the area. I've been challenging and equipping them to reach their fellow students with the gospel. Today they kind of pushed back and told me that their classmates are particularly hostile to people attempting "push their … Continue reading Pusher