(Before I say anything, I just want to point that I would never actually condone hating anyone, Donald Trump included, even usually in jest. But it was the best title idea I had.) I believe that Donald Trump is an awful person, doesn’t know what he would really be doing in the White House, and has … Continue reading "Love the Trumpers, Hate the Trump"
As many of you know, I’m in college right now. I’m also happily married. In fact, I can’t imagine doing my adult life single. Several other young couples seem to feel the same way, and I pray God blesses them. Marriage truly is a wonderful gift, and a powerful sign of the relationship between Christ … Continue reading "Don’t Forget that Celibacy Is an Option"
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” … Continue reading "Will We Apply “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself” to Our Wallets?"
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)"
Is there any legitimate way that we could say we complete Jesus? I would have doubted so, but there is this is Scripture: And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all … Continue reading "Completing Christ? Can It Be?"
Ashley and I always feel compelled by the reality of the world and the grace of the Gospel to give. We simply don’t see a way out. Scripture teaches generosity, and not only that. It also teaches care for those in need, justice for those oppressed, and mercy to those suffering. All of these causes can be advanced through … Continue reading "Going out to Eat for Pure Religion"
Every culture in history has had its own problems with the Bible and Christian teaching. Ours struggles especially with the violent judgments of the Old Testament, including broad application of the death penalty and Israel’s conquests of Canaan (a topic I’ve written on recently). Unfortunately, for an increasing number of Christians these days, the solution … Continue reading "Jesus, Love Mascot? (Or, the Wrath of the Lamb Does Exist)"
The world is created good but incomplete. One day when all the forces of rebellion have been defeated and the creation responds freely and gladly to the love of its creator, God will fill it with himself so that it will both remain an independent being and also be flooded with God’s own life. This … Continue reading "N. T. Wright on the New Creation"
“I want to feel.” Isn’t that a common desire? I mean particularly for us Christians, especially evangelical Protestants. We want to feel God. Jesus Christ loves us to (literal) death, has brought us full forgiveness, and is our eternal life. Yet we cannot see Him. We cannot touch Him. He is physically away for now, … Continue reading "How to Feel God’s Love in Jesus’ Arms"
“Glory, hallelujah! Praise Jesus!” This kind of talk is naturally a common part of church life, especially in the more energetic places. And that is good. When we are loved by so great a God and called into His service, for us to offer what Scripture calls a “sacrifice of praise” to Him is only … Continue reading "Glorifying God the E-Z Way"