A few weeks ago, I ran across a question on Reddit about Christians giving preference to helping Christians. Someone, who if I recall consider herself a Christian, had heard Christians wishing to especially help Christian refugees moreso than others. She was horrified by this, and asked if anyone agreed and how they could. Does that thought make you … Continue reading "Does Anyone Really Believe in the Church Family?"
“Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship!” How many times have you heard that before? If you’ve moved in many of the same circles that I have, then you’re probably pretty familiar with it. I’ve argued against this line before, pointing out that a religion is simply a set of beliefs in some kind of higher … Continue reading "“Christianity Isn’t a Religion” Is a Liberal Thing to Say"
Brother Bill has always been a pretty cool guy. He just celebrated 10 years as a deacon, and taught the youth Sunday school class for the past year after the last teacher moved away. You’ve had dinner at his house many times, and everyone loves his Christmas parties. Just last week he brought his friend to church … Continue reading "Brother Bill Is Gay. Now What?"
I was just reading last night Francis Chan’s book Forgotten God. At one point he comments on the ease of doing church in our own strength to draw a crowd as opposed to a truly Spirit-filled gathering of believers. He questions how many of our churches are actually like the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 … Continue reading "Francis Chan: Is Your Church Like Elijah or Baal’s Prophets?"
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!"
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?"
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