Don’t Pray for Persecution

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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

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Fight for Peace

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imagesThis world is filled with social injustice — from political scandals, to racism, to abortion, or false accusations in the media. The world is full of conflict. The Bible teaches us this conflict results from sin. Much of it we want relief from. And rightfully so, after all, God is just. We are to pursue righteousness (1 Tim 6:11). We hear of slavery, we want abolition. We hear of racism and want freedom and equality. Bullying and sex-slave trade? Protection. Criminal activity? Justice. All of these are important. None of them wrong to stand against and seek righteousness.

God gave us His Word to navigate His will.… Continue reading

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Owning Your Bias

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Illustration of blindfolded lady facing front holding and raising up weighing scales of justice set inside circle on isolated background.

Do you think you are an objective person? Most of us probably think we are. Who wants to admit they are biased or prejudiced? I think most of us fancy ourselves to be like lady justice to the left, impartial scales and a blindfold, able to lay aside all bias and render equitable judgments. But are we really impartial? I want to submit that we are more partial than we may realize. It’s not that we are trying to skew the facts, it’s simply part of our sin nature.

If you think you have no bias, tell me this, have you ever watched a sporting event with an avid fan of the other team?… Continue reading

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Church Plants and Missions

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3661I’m not really sure if our church plant is normal or abnormal. I have no idea. I’ve done NO research, do not consider doing any research, and have no interest in comparing Cornerstone Las Vegas to any one else. Maybe you’ll read this and laugh at or mock me (if you do, can I join in?). Maybe we’re ahead of the game? I’m not really sure? To be honest, when we took on our first missionaries I didn’t even contemplate IF it was wise, I just considered it the right thing to do.

<– (Hudson Taylor)

God desires churches to partner with missionaries.… Continue reading

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Which Deaths Do We Grieve?

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UnknownThe much-publicized deaths of young black men at the hands of white police officers has prompted a certain amount of soul-searching in me. But this little blog post is not an attempt to pass judgment on who was “right” in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. If I’ve learned anything since the death Michael Brown, it’s that we have to wait—much longer than our knee-jerk impulses want to allow us to wait—to form such judgments. And I hope it goes without saying that I agree who was wrong in the assassination of the Dallas police officers.

I don’t know for sure whether the shootings of Sterling and Castile were justified according to the standards of the law.… Continue reading

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