Jesus Prayed, “May They Be One as We Are One” (My Growing Passion for Church Unity)

Unity. This word frequently presses on my mind in relation to the Church. There appears to be little unity these days. We’ve splintered into thousands of denominations. Even the large denominations and groups are internally divided in many ways. Churches split from churches for stupid reasons. Churches fall apart because of horrible, divisive people. So many groups make their distinctives … Continue reading "Jesus Prayed, “May They Be One as We Are One” (My Growing Passion for Church Unity)"

Evangelicals vs. Fundamentalists: What’s the Difference?

Broadly speaking, there are four kinds of people in Protestant Christianity. These are not denominational lines, but apply more broadly, affecting the entire Christian worldview. What are these sections? Liberalism, progressivism, evangelicalism, and fundamentalism. All of these are rather distinct. Liberals tend to deny fundamental tenants of Christian doctrine in favor of a more private and … Continue reading "Evangelicals vs. Fundamentalists: What’s the Difference?"

Quit Tithing. Give!

Fact check: is tithing ever commanded for New Testament believers? The answer is “no.” Does that mean tithing is bad? No, it just means we are not morally obligated to give 10% of our income to church.  Now some of you are thinking, “Darn heretic doesn’t want people to give to God.” Others may be … Continue reading "Quit Tithing. Give!"

Confession? In Church?

I love being Protestant. I would never have any desire to become a Catholic. Not hatin’ on Catholicism, I just don’t believe it is Biblical. So don’t misinterpret me: I think we should have confession in church. Why? For this reason: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that … Continue reading "Confession? In Church?"

Morning Sermon: The Doing of Church

Every once in a while I am called to fill in for my pastor and preach. I figure that, when I do, I’ll share the sermon here. http://caleb.cleverness.us/wp-audio/Sermon%209-29.wav