Every one of us can learn something more about humility. (I know I can.) For those on platforms, whether a small country church or a megachurch serving thousands, it is important to remember that our roles are to serve others as Jesus served. Not just on the platform, but on the ground, washing one another’s feet. For the rest of us, we also must be willing to humbly serve others. … More The Paradox of Christian Celebrity
One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to reconcile the unfathomable love of God with the inconceivable evil in this world. Much of the time we wave away the cognitive dissonance. Sometimes this hits closer to home. It is much harder to shrug off the cognitive dissonance in these moments, with our lives a mess and our prayers unanswered. … More When God’s Love Doesn’t Make Sense
Turn on the radio, find a top 40 station, and listen for a full hour. You’ll practically hear twenty variations of the same song, sung by different artists who sound like slightly altered copies of each other. How can we fix this? … More 3 Big Problems with Pop Music
Let me be up front and say that many of my criticisms of Christian music in the past have been either unfair or unwarranted. But many of the issues I take with Christian music have been more than fair, and I am far from alone in my opinions. The industry needs a change, just ask the multitudes of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) critics. A multitude of arguments could be made for the needed change, but a few stick out above the rest. … More 3 Big Problems With Christian Music
I have a love/hate relationship with politics. Watching the news is depressing, and it’s designed to make you angry at how screwed up the world is. At the same time, I enjoy being informed and having my opinions challenged. It’s intellectually stimulating, but emotionally draining. It’s simultaneously a high and a low. As someone who … More What Place Do Politics Have In The Church?
I’ve got news for you. Jesus is a Big Boy. He doesn’t need you to defend him. He can take whatever snide remark or rude criticism people have of him or his followers. He’s taken criticism before, and he can take it again. He’s certainly taken a lot worse. … More Jesus is a Big Boy
There is a line to walk when embracing culture. There are plenty of films, television shows, music, and books that are morally reprehensible and should be avoided rather than engaged. However, there is a lot to be gained from engaging culture from a place of common sense and critical thinking. … More Harry Potter and the Evangelicals
Is your Jesus only kind and loving, accepting of any and everything you do? Does your Jesus like all the things you like? Is He cool with your little pet sins? Does your Jesus want to give you all your desires, even the ones that you value more than Him? … More Which Jesus Do You Worship?
We often confine God and his nature to a box that makes us comfortable. Most of the time we don’t even realize we’re doing it, but we put limits on God’s power (if only figuratively). There are three major ways Christians do this, thereby becoming practical atheists. … More 3 Major Ways Christians Are Practical Atheists
Turning the other cheek is not easy. It is not even remotely human. In turning the other cheek, we show something greater than human love and forgiveness. We show the grace of God, something much more powerful than mere weakness or passivity. … More When and Why to Turn the Other Cheek