The Evangelical Justice Movement and the Whole-Life Movement In my first post on the contemporary evangelical justice movement (which I dub EJM), I explained that I am skeptical. Justice is important, sure. And lots of what EJM is fired up about are serious issues. But I doubt that much of EJM possess wisdom. I think … Continue reading "Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Will the Real Pro-Lifers Please Stand Up? (Part 2)"
My Purpose in Writing Due Compliments First First things first: justice is extremely important to Christianity. The Gospel is fundamentally a declaration of God’s saving justice revealed in Jesus Christ. This justice will also involve Christ’s visible rule over the nations. He will bring them to reflect heaven as increasingly just and Christian societies. So … Continue reading "Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Justice and Gospel (Part 1)"
What is a Sunday morning church service for? As Christians, we meet together on the first day of every week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. We sing songs, hear preaching, and (hopefully) take Communion. But why? What is the purpose and goal of this meeting? To many people, our gathering together as the Church on Sunday is … Continue reading "Church Is for the Church"
“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"
Recently I’ve seen more Christians than usual warning about the imminent end. Perhaps in light of recent political events, an expectation/desire for Jesus to return has increased beyond the everyday. This has reminded me of several misconceptions people have about that time, the eschaton, so I figured I’d throw together this list of 5 popular end times … Continue reading "5 Myths about End Times"
[This is a sermon I preached a week ago. Like my previous sermon, it is a long read.] The Mismatch I want to start out this morning with a few really simple and straightforward questions. No gimmick or trick; I’m just looking for totally natural answers. What do you smell with? Your nose. What do … Continue reading "Heaven, Resurrection, and New Creation: Our Destiny in Christ"
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?"
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?"
“Now none of this matters if you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” the preacher says with a shift of tone. “Without Him, you can’t live an abundant life. So here’s what I want you to do. With eye head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to accept Jesus Christ into … Continue reading "Every Eye Open If You Want to Get Saved"
Have you ever heard of a BHAG? (That’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, if you don’t know.) What about the book Radical? Or can you imagine a college student dressing in funny blue pants and a massive afro wig? Whether you are familiar with all of these things or not, they represent a common thread … Continue reading "Witness with Your Inside Voice"