Working in ministry—and particularly youth ministry—the one question that I get asked often is “how do I grow in my walk with Christ? What practically can I do to grow in my faith?” Every time I am asked this, I give the same response. “Look at your hand.” What does this mean? Let me show you.
I could just give you a list, but a list might not be helpful, because lists are in and of themselves usually forgettable. So, to make this more memorable (at least for me), I use my fingers to help me remember how spiritual, godly growth happens.… Continue reading
One of the strangest concepts I have heard Christians repeat over the last few years has been that Christians should pray for persecution.
Here’s the logic:
- The American churches are weak and full of unregenerate members. Persecution tends to scare off those unregenerate members.
- The church has thrived historically under persecution.
- Therefore, the church should wish for persecution.
I understand the thinking, and I definitely understand the motivation. I, too, desire to see the church purified and thoroughly filled with those who are actually born again.
But there are several arguments against this point of view, and not just the pragmatic argument of survivorship bias (we only note the persecuted churches that have thrived because, well, they actually existed – as opposed to those that could have started and thrived if there were no persecution).… Continue reading
Current headlines, or lack thereof, seem to indicate that persecution of Christians is on the rise. In reality, believers have been paying a very high price for their faith for 2,000 years.
Some countries no longer allow the physical torture of Christians because this is “cruel and unusual punishment,” yet these same societies have no problem with denying tenure to a PhD who expresses doubt about whether evolution is scientific. Highly intelligent men and women are losing their jobs at an alarming rate.
A Two Star General in the United States Air Force is harshly disciplined for expressing his support for a former classmates, a Christian running for political office.… Continue reading