There's an optimism that conceals corruption.
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.
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
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 have a friend who is also an elder at our church. In the past couple of years I've watched him grow into a spiritual leader who inspires and challenges me every time we talk. God has done many things in his life to effect this season of growth but much of it started with … Continue reading Life Transformation Groups – A Testimonial
I used to correspond through the mail with an inmate named Lowell. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered a more biblically literate person. Perhaps this was because he had come to know his desperate need for God and was given plenty of time to find him in solitary confinement. As a former member of … Continue reading Prison Bars…
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