My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma

Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I … Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma

The Bible Never Said, “Obey the Bible” — Introduction

The four of us rode together that Sunday morning. The closer we got to the little church house, the greater our anxiety rose until we finally had to pull over into a radiation therapy clinic to pray in the car before continuing on. When we reached the church, the parking lot was empty. All of … Continue reading The Bible Never Said, “Obey the Bible” — Introduction

Crossing Over

This post isn't for everyone. It's for the people who sense that something is wrong with this world. It's for those who grieve over the hurt they see around them and regret their part in it. You're right, there is something wrong and you're a part of the problem. You also need to know that … Continue reading Crossing Over

Growth Groups Questionnaire

Growth Groups Questionnaire This tool, based on Neil Cole's Life Transformation Groups, is designed to facilitate a one on one/one on two discipleship process.  As with LTG's, participants gather for one hour per week to ask and answer the accountability questions.  At the meeting they agree upon a passage of Scripture to read on their own … Continue reading Growth Groups Questionnaire

Gospel

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

Pusher

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

Hell? No!

I've had several conversations with atheists and agnostics regarding the existence of the God of the Bible. After all is said and very little done, their objections almost always come down to disbelief in a character who would create moral beings knowing they would sin and then cause them to suffer eternally for sinning. They … Continue reading Hell? No!

Testimony

In Bill Hybels' book, Just Walk Across the Room, he challenges his readers to write out their faith story in 100 words or less.  Here is my 105-word attempt: As a young person I dreamed of growing up to become a doctor.  Then, I saw a "20/20" special on successful people who had attempted suicide. … Continue reading Testimony

Mixed Motives and Methadone

I just read a blog from an atheist who took exception with street preachers who hung out in the pub district and offered aid to the revelers there.  He made some great points.  One of his problems with these folks was that they did good out of mixed motives.  They offered physical assistance to people … Continue reading Mixed Motives and Methadone