God compels us to try

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too oftenContinue reading “God compels us to try”

Do my ears itch? | An exploration of the use of 2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:3 is often pulled out in the church inContinue reading “Do my ears itch? | An exploration of the use of 2 Timothy 4:3”

“We’re not your parents church!”

I got my start in vocational Christian ministry in 1993.  Back then people who started new, seeker-driven, contemporary churches would say, “We’re not your parents church!” That’s a perfect message to Baby Boomers who had experienced the institutional church as dull, with nothing to say and an old way of saying it. We’re not yourContinue reading ““We’re not your parents church!””

Quote of the Day

…it would be perfectly possible to change the entire contents of our beliefs without altering the way our beliefs function. Take the example of someone who identifies as an evangelical Christian and for whom that belief acts as a type of emotional crutch.  Let us imagine this person growing up in an overtly religious environmentContinue reading “Quote of the Day”

Will hell be empty?

“Until Easter weekend, Sheol/Hades held the dead, imprisoned behind its gates (Job 17:16; 38:17; Ps 9:14; Isa 38:10). By conquering death, Christ now holds the keys to the gates (Rev. 1:18). In this present age, the NT pits the gates of Hades in a losing battle against the Church (Matt 16:18). Though death and HadesContinue reading “Will hell be empty?”

Get the important things ‘rightish’

A friend of mine, Cal Zehr, recently said, “Everyone has a theology, strive to have a good one.” I like that. This is how I understand and practice Cal’s words:  I  don’t strive to have THE ONLY RIGHT AND CERTAIN theology that everyone else must agree with or else they are heretics. I do strive toContinue reading “Get the important things ‘rightish’”

Quote of the Day

Many churches, particularly those driven by church growth models, come dangerously close to reducing Christianity to a commodity that can be packaged, marketed and sold. Instead of cultivating deep, holistic discipleship that touches every aspect of our lives, we’ve confined the life of faith to Sunday mornings where it can be kept safe and predictable,Continue reading “Quote of the Day”