Apostacy is never a light matter and is always heartbreaking. When we hear of anyone walking away from the faith the appropriate reaction is always sorrow. It is always heartbreaking when someone who has professed faith in and reliance on God’s grace suddenly says God can keep His grace, because I have no need of it. And it is no less or more heartbreaking based on a person’s level of notoriety.
Recently a relatively well
known, in conservative Christian circles, person publicly announced his
apostacy. I’m speaking of course of Josh Harris. And since he so publicly (and
strategically) announced his apostacy there has been much public speculation about
what led to his apostacy.… Continue reading
I am unapologetically a book
guy, I always have been. For me books were a refuge and a comfort during a
childhood that although happy wasn’t always peaches and cream. As a young adult,
a city kid who moved to the mountain West, I learned a lot of the skills of
that turned me into a competent outdoorsman from reading and as a new Christian
in my late 20’s who had no Christian friends or relatives, along with being
discipled by faithful men, I learned a lot about how to live as a Christian by
reading. As I began pastoral ministry,
while also leaning on mentors, I also read, especially collections of letters,
to build my skill set as a shepherd.… Continue reading
The past few weeks in my youth group I have had a few young men in their 20s who gave their first sermon. They had been taking a class our pastor offered on “How to Study the Bible So As To Teach” for the weeks previous and I wanted to give them real world experience. I assigned them texts from 1 John & Matthew 7. They did a great job (especially for it being their first time to teach), and I was once again struck by the truth in these two texts. Both Jesus & the apostle John are harping on the same truth: is your faith a true faith or are you a false “believer”?… Continue reading
I have long “struggled with my weight,” as they say. For as long as I can remember, adjectives like fat or overweight or husky or big boned have accompanied the way I have thought about myself. Even in my more athletic days when I played sports year-round and could jog a couple of miles without feeling any pain in my knees and shins and lower back, I was still a big guy; chubby even. A chubby, more-or-less athletic guy, who loved to eat, and was highly self-conscious about the results that eating had on his physical body.
Additionally, for as long as I’ve thought of myself as an overweight person, I have also thought of myself as a Christian.… Continue reading
“Husbands, love your wife, just like Christ loves the church” (Eph 5:25).
That’s a tall order. It is a rather difficult task for a believer and a rather impossible one for someone who doesn’t know Christ. Husbands have a large task. Looking beyond the walls of Ephesians, John records a broader command addressed to all believers, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Obviously no believer is without excuse. God calls each of us to love others. Now, how do we define love? What does love look like?
If you’re like me, you want to define this in such a way to where it’s the natural by-product of my life.… Continue reading